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Fierce battles erupt in South Darfur between Sudan army and SLA-MM

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February 14, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan Liberation Army of Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM) have clashed in different parts of South Darfur on Thursday amid reports of heavy casualties.

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Rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), loyal to leader Minni Minawi, pictured in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of North Darfur on 19 September 2008. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The deputy South Darfur governor Amin al-Sakin in remarks before a student convention in the state confirmed that fighting broke out in Oum-Gounga, which lies south of the capital town of Nyala.

Al-Sakin said that SAF are in full control of the situation adding that they are currently chasing the rebels. He said that the one person was killed from SAF’s side and that the several soldiers who were injured are being treated in Nyala hospital.

But multiple sources told Sudan Tribune that SAF suffered heavy losses in the battle and that the rebels managed to seize a number of army vehicles

In Nyala, tension was growing among the residents amid rumors that rebels are closing in on the city. The local government has started mobilising paramilitary units to secure the state and stop any possible rebel attack.

Saleh Abakr, a spokesperson of Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), of which SLA-MM is a member, claimed that they are now in control of Oum-Gounga, Baleel locality and South Railroad region. He said that they have inflicted heavy losses on SAF and captured 11 military vehicles and a large cache of ammunition.

In a related development, the Sudanese defense ministry on its website said that SLA-MM attacked al-Half area in North Darfur and briefly captured it before SAF intervened to reclaim it.

Violence in Darfur has ebbed from the 2003-04 peak but fighting still occurs as several rounds of peace talks have failed. The United Nations has estimated that around 300,000 people have died during the conflict in Darfur and some 2 million people been displaced. Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.

Fighting flared again at the end of December in Darfur’s Jebel Marra area, prized for its fertile land, and more than 30,000 people have fled the region, the United Nations said.

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  • 15 February 2013 04:02, by master

    haha
    they can’t do any thing

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    • 15 February 2013 04:06, by zulu

      Unbelievable. They just kicked your asses despite the bombings by antonovs. Look, why is Sudan trying to buy more? Because most are outdated or depleted by SS and the rebels of Sudan

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    • 15 February 2013 04:49, by Chol

      You can’t just say they can’t do anything; you need to go put on the uniform and joint the fight! It’s one thing to run your mouth in the media with lies and it’s another story to join the fight and make it happen.

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    • 15 February 2013 09:41, by Kalo

      Well done SRF,Khartoum is now numbered,Struggle continues.
      Kalo the son of Nuba/Jena Nuba.

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    • 15 February 2013 10:10, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Well done SRF,let tem start exhaust their Military Equipments lasting SPLA-S will finish the remainning Task.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 15 February 2013 10:33, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      The urin for North Sudanese now are in small conterner for hearing SLA-MM.
      Just defeat thieves of Arab who came from Soudi Arab to need food in Africa.
      SLA-MM you are really sons of this Land Sudan.

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    • 15 February 2013 14:43, by Marco A. Wek

      Mistress, keep denying until they finish off.

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  • 15 February 2013 06:01, by George Bol

    How about if SPLA can it a last word? The south can march to Khartoum just within a month.SPLA must start from all fronts whether Khartoum will not accept peace and oil to flow.

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  • 15 February 2013 13:13, by Gen.Quack

    ahahahah bravoooooooooooooooooo slm_mm you will defeat them, and donot lost hope if i were you i could have kill governor instead of bashiiiit luti

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    • 15 February 2013 16:16, by Peacocktail

      Khartuom Never listen to peaceful settlement of crisis in Sudanese regions,Just wait, Eastern Front will join hand with SLA and confront NCP gangs, if Libyan secure their Country from Gadhafi,why Not SUDAN NOW from Bashit Gangs of Genocidal.NCP regim is soaked in Blood.Keep up SLA &JEM Coordinate all your fighting in SUDAN under SRF.they World shall listen to you.Bashit is docked in Sudan by ICC

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