Sudanese rebels clashed with government forces in a southern border state as Sudan’s defense minister declared the start of a “decisive” campaign against the insurgents.
Sudan’s army drove fighters from the Justice and Equality Movement from a base in the western region of Darfur yesterday, army spokesman Al Sawarmi Khaled said. The rebel movement denied the claims.
Weapons from Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya have been smuggled into Sudan by the leading rebel group in the western Darfur region, increasing the risk of renewed conflict there.
The main rebel movement in Sudan’s western region of Darfur said a cease-fire the government signed with a faction of the group makes “no difference.”
The Sudanese military killed 108 rebel fighters as it gained control over a stronghold of the Justice and Equality Movement, an army spokesman said.
The Sudanese army clashed today with two rebel groups in the western region of Darfur, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said.
A Sudanese rebel group from Darfur has joined an alliance aimed at toppling Sudan’s government.
Sudanese rebels from the western region of Darfur fought alongside fighters aligned with South Sudan’s army against Sudanese government forces in the state of Southern Kordofan, a spokesman for the insurgents said.
The Sudanese government and a rebel faction from Darfur signed a peace agreement that didn’t include the biggest insurgent movement from the western region.
Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir ’s two-decade grip on power may be threatened if oil-rich Southern Sudan votes for independence this week.