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.
Rebels say fighting in South Sudan has intensified since a cease-fire that was intended to suspend a five-week conflict that has killed thousands of people and driven half a million from their homes.
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 Sudanese army clashed today with two rebel groups in the western region of Darfur, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said.
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.”
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.
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.
Sudan’s Justice and Equality Movement, the main rebel group fighting in Darfur, confirmed that its leader, Khalil Ibrahim, was killed.