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Curfew in capital as Sudanese army clash near Khartoum with Darfur rebels

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May 10, 2008 (KHARTOUM) —

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Curfew extended until 10 a.m instead of 6 a.m

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A Western aid worker who lives in central Khartoum said things were quiet. “There’s nothing obvious I can see,” said the aid worker, who was not authorized to speak publicly. “The streets are empty. Everyone has gone home. It’s just a quiet night.”

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Sudan official news agency quoting police spokesperson says the leader of the assailants is named Mohamed Saleh Garbo and its intelligence chief Mohamed Nur Al-Deen. Both were killed according to the Sudanese official.

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JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein told Suan Tribune that their forces are fighting for control for military headquartrs in Khartoum.

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Sudan TV says the rebels have been "completely repulsed". TV shows live footages of burnt vehichles and bodies on the streets.

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JEM website speaks to an unidentified field commander who claims "full control" of Omdurman and the 3 bridges linking the city. The JEM commander said that their forces are moving to the capital Khartoum.

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JEM release a statement on their website saying they took control of the airport at Wadi-Sayedna strategic military base. They said they are on their way to the Khartoum and that the are "inching closer " to Sudan TV & Radio station.

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Residents in West Omdurman report a return to uneasy calm.

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A senior JEM Official speaking to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity said that they have moved past Wadi-Sayedna military base near Omdurman and the bridges leading to Khartoum.

An eye witness asking not to be named in Omdurman told Sudan Tribune that she has locked herself up in one room and that the house is "shaking like in an earthquake".

Telecommunications network in the capital is degraded according to residents.

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The Sudanese TV announced imposing a curfew from 5 pm to 6 am. Eye Witnesses said rebels attacked Wadi-Sayedna military base near Omdurman. The Sudanese army said that it "contained the rebels" describing them as "executing foreign agendas".

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Heavy gunfire was heard in the west of Sudan’s capital on Saturday and helicopters and army vehicles rushed through the streets towards the area, witnesses said.

The gunfire follows heavy battles between Darfur rebels and Sudan’s army in the North Kordofan province bordering Khartoum on Friday and Saturday, according to a local government official and witnesses

(Reuters)


Darfur rebels and Sudan’s army fought heavy battles in the North Kordofan province near Khartoum on Saturday, a local government official and witnesses said.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it was strengthening its forces in Kordofan but not attacking government troops — to avoid causing civilian casualties.

But a local government official said the heavily armed rebels had scattered after an army counter-attack.

Sudan tightened security in the Sudanese capital late on Thursday because of the fighting and the army accused Chad on Saturday of backing the rebels, whose latest attack is the closest they have come to Khartoum.

Diplomatic missions hunkered down after warnings from the Sudanese foreign ministry, although life in the capital for most Sudanese seemed to continue as normal.

"The government and the armed Darfur movements are engaged in battles and there was bombing by planes and the rebels have scattered," Abdel Majid Abdel Farid, a member of the administrative council of North Kordofan’s eastern town of Hamrat al-Wizz told Reuters from the area.

He said the Darfur rebels on Friday had spread out all over the state in an "unprecedented manner" carrying very heavy weapons.

The reports of bombing came from civilians north of his town, he added: "The civilians here are very, very scared."

It was difficult to obtain civilian casualties figures in the area as fighting was continuing, he said, and the JEM said it was tightening its control on Kordofan.

"We are deploying our forces as and when we see fit to," said senior JEM official al-Tahir al-Feki. "We are making a total deployment and getting a grip on Kordofan" he added.

"But we are not engaging in any activities that would result in displacing civilians."

The army told the state news agency SUNA in a statement it had repulsed an attack from the Chadian army which used heavy artillery in the Chad-Darfur area of KashKash late on Friday.

"The Chadian army attack came as direct support for the sabotage attempt by (JEM leader) Khalil Ibrahim which the armed forces discovered and brought under control," SUNA quoted the armed forces spokesman as saying.

Darfur’s JEM have attacked government forces in Kordofan in the past but in hit-and-run raids but this is the closest they have come to the capital.

International experts estimate some 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million killed in five years of fighting in Darfur after mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms accusing central government of neglect.

The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for a junior government minister and an allied militia leader accused of war crimes. Khartoum refuses to hand them over and blames the Western media for exaggerating the conflict.

(Reuters)

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  • 10 May 2008 19:15, by Malou Manyiel

    This is the right tine the Sudanese Government should know that, the West, the South and the East have no babies in their stomachs. Time has come where both of us should face the music. not only in the South, East and West but also in the North which never experince such a terrible pain.

    Bravo, Bravo JEM and SLM, we are tired of these guys.

    By Malou Manyiel

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    • 10 May 2008 19:54, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      I am neither agree nor to disagree with that decision being made by the Darfurians rebels. But, I would be continued to say congratulations to all my black Africans brothers from the Western Sudan, Eastern Sudan, and Southern Sudan for their scarified on our rights as black people in the country. Sudan is ours when you look back into our historical from the past. Which means, our steps brothers and sisters in Khartoum should know that Sudan is for the black Africans not for the Arab? Therefore, These Arab traitorous should not believe in us unless, we when declare the war within Khartoum Capital?

      Thanks!!

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    • 10 May 2008 20:01, by Taban Wilson Wai

      THanks for the massage and let it continoue until the arabs will learn a lesson in the sudan.
      God is always with you.

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    • 10 May 2008 20:16, by Aphrican

      Good stuff, I however strongly urge the SPLA to join the JEM either openly or secretly to get rid of Bashir and his crooks once and for all. NCP has violated the CPA a million times, so fuck it and let’s do it the hard way. Screw Bashir and everything he stand for. Son of a biaaaaaaaachhhh.

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      • 10 May 2008 21:06, by ojok s. ojok

        JEM, your action is too early.However, I urge other parties like SPLA/M to help JEM get the rid of this government who don’t know how to govern the country.But this is aslo aclear message to khartoum as well as they think war will never reach them. keep your courage to achief your freedom.

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        • 10 May 2008 21:55, by DB Malish

          Dear JEM, SLM etc
          Thanks for transfering away the battlefields to the center.

          If you stage the dance at home, it will be you and your family that suffer the dust. I am sure this time your case will come to the table.

          It was not until the south transfered the fronts to Kassala and the proper north that these guys came to the table.

          Barvo to you and let bashir and his guys now listen. It is not enough to extend the curfew up to 10:00 am. That will not solve the problem. Do not blame Chad. You equally supported nonsense there.

          The saying goes ’if you live in a glass house never throw stones’.

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  • 10 May 2008 22:21, by Sam Imam

    The above writers , i am not certain why you very jubilant with the suicidal move of JEM , since most of you from the south part ,remeber Khalil Ibrahim used to be on the Popular defense forces ,and he served in the south against SPLM , and if he comes up to power that does mean you have more share of this country .
    And remeber ,it is a unity goverment , so if you are unable to protest against GoS in it is minor role in Darfur what do you expect from khartoumians.
    I would really shy away from these racist statement , i myself used to live wall to wall with people from the south and despite the used to be war in the south , no one thought of blaming them .
    My point as long as you have that thought of exterminating the other part ,there will be no peace ,and in history ,no race has been wiped out of the earth , but there has been wars for deades .
    so i hope guys you live up to the responsibilty of your writing ,which does no good except feeding more hate and separation.
    If you think people of north will leave their land ,you must be in delusion .
    Last word , i don`t care about Arabs , i only know that i am sudanese and you can not resect my roots off this land , what ever nonsense you wrote.

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    • 11 May 2008 11:20, by THE GAME

      faggits sam imam man, don’t wasting ours southerners time when we are going to achieves something useful or powerful in new sudan not on all of those bullshits nonsense issues you giving out on the pubic site . i guess your dad and mum properly have taught you those nonsense politics.

      biatch sam watch how you gives out your politics, i dont give a fuck. i would fuck ya up, any time any day we meets, so man fucked up and continuing on your study if you do/don’t have some wank instead of fake ass politics.

      goss and spla/m for life,go and tells on your mum,dad and betrayed that i say that. fuck you and muthfukers mumma...spla/m team up with darfur rebels to overthrow arabs governement from our country, murder them all including sam imam.

      sam if you bored faggit have some pussy with your arab sluts muslims chicks or wank your self to keep you busy!!!!!!!

      spl/m

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  • 12 May 2008 11:12, by SomeonefromNorway

    Yesterday, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, condemned the rebel attack on Khartoum.

    - The fighting shows the need for reinforced efforts from the UN, AU, the international community and parties in the Darfur conflict to find a political solution to the conflict in Darfur", Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) said, according to a press release Sunday.

    Norway was earlier this week the host of the UN and World Bank donor conference for Sudan. (http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article27038)

    - The conference emphasized the need for a united international effort to create peace in the entire Sudan. The situation in Sudan is now very serious. Only political dialogue can change this. Both the authorities in Sudan and rebel movements have to recognise that the continued military struggle is a dead-end, Foreign Minister Gahr Støre continued.

    View online : Norway’s Foreign Minister condemns rebel attack on Khartoum (VG Nett - Article in Norwegian)

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