Republic of Congo appear to be withdrawing from territory they seized last week around the city of Goma.
In this November 27, 2012 photo a column of Congo’s M23 rebels motion to the photographer not to take pictures on the Goma to Rushuru road near Kibumba, north of Goma.
The rebels say they are pulling back to make way for political negotiations in accordance with a deal struck with the Congolese government.
With their weapons and gear slung over their shoulders, hundreds of M23 soldiers marched down from the hills through the town of Sake Friday as they prepared to withdraw from the city.
The rebels took control of Sake and the city of Goma more than a week ago, following fierce battles with U.N.-backed Congolese forces.