Rebels take Goma, vow 'liberation' of DR Congo (PHOTOS)

Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday.</p>

Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday.

A rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected calls from regional leaders to withdraw from the provincial capital Goma after seizing control of the city this week.

The M23 rebels, believed to be backed by Rwanda, have threatened to push onward to Bukavu, a strategic town further east, as well as to the capital Kinshasa.

Read the latest dispatch from GlobalPost's Tristan McConnell: Congo rebellion threatens regional war