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Dozens killed in fresh clashes between Sudan army and rebels in South Darfur

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April 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Armed forces (SAF) and the rebel force of Sudan Liberation Army loyal to leader Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM) clashed on Saturday in the towns of Muhajiriya and Labado in South Darfur leading to scores of deaths from both sides.

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Rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army led by Minni Minnawi (REUTERS)

Eyewitnesses told said that SLA-MM launched two simultaneous attacks on the two areas on Saturday morning killing and wounding dozens as well as holding a large number of SAF soldiers captives.

Mohamed al-Nur Basit, a residence of Muhajiriya told al-Khartoum newspaper that the SAF commander and the head of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) with the rank of Second Lieutenant were among the dead.

Fadl Al- Karim Mokhtar, another eyewitness from Labado, which is located 12 kilometers west of Muhajiriya, said that eight SAF soldiers were killed including their commander who had a First Lieutenant rank.

However, Mokhtar was unable to identify deaths among the SLA-MM attacking force.

Both eyewitnesses said that the SLA-MM attack was not only restricted to Muhajiriya and Labado areas but it also extended to Sané Afindo, Seleia, and Tor Taan in addition to Umm Sauna in North Darfur.

Clashes led to an influx of thousands of displaced civilians mostly children and women to the nearby towns of Shiaria and Yassin. Some of the displaced people have resorted to United Nations peacekeeping force (UNAMID) offices in both towns seeking safety.

Several residents contacted by Al- Khartoum newspaper said many houses in Muhajiriya were burnt as a result of the gunfire.

South Darfur has been the scene of heavy fighting between the SAF and SLA-MM forces in recent weeks, with both sides battling to gain control of the state.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Sudan’s troubled western region, where ongoing violence continues to take a terrible human toll.

The United Nations has estimated that around 300,000 people have died during the conflict in Darfur, while some 2 million people have been displaced. Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.

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  • 7 April 2013 09:19, by trinitri

    stop the massacre now!

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  • 7 April 2013 10:18, by Jalaby

    Well, Minni Minnawi tribe is Zagawa and they mainly lived in north and west Darfour, before, Minni was getting all his weapons and support from Libya through Chad but now Libya & Chad are no longer supporting his group and lifted their hands from them,Minni now is operating in South Darfour which is considered to be his none natural environment and that clearly points the finger

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    • 7 April 2013 12:05, by Jalaby

      to South Sudan of supporting him and offering a safe haven to his group and establishing a military base in the south as UN clearly indicated that, hence, it’s up to South Sudan thieves to stop playing dirty game and evil or be a good neighbor and meet their promises and fulfill what they just

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      • 7 April 2013 12:12, by Jalaby

        signed with Sudan.
        Minni Minnawi and his group are getting the support from South Sudan that explains why they operate in South Darfour now and not at their normal areas in north and west Darfour.
        Any one gets killed by Minni group or JEM group is the south responsibility no doubt.
        We’ll cancel the oil agreement if the south continues supporting Sudan’s rebels!!

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        • 7 April 2013 14:37, by ForAll

          The open minded JALABY
          I ask you Islamicly and politely to support the "Darfurian-Darfurian Dialogue (DDD) and then honestly think of the FAIRNESS for the EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS for all Sudanese citizens based on Holy QUR’AN and the HRW.

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    • 7 April 2013 14:20, by ForAll

      "Zagawa and they mainly lived in north and west Darfur,"
      They are many ZAGHAWA in south Darfur in NIYALA, DAJO MOUNTAINS, SHAIRYIA, JABAL UM KARDOOS... while I am not from ZAGHAWA TRIBE. Bear in mind that Darfurians are mixed and were one big united family.

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  • 7 April 2013 11:40, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Divided and rule policies?, Why concentrating on where he emanated from? Minnawi is a Sudanese freedom fighter, May God rest these matyrs’ soul in peace for they lied down their lives for freedom of all. Long live SLA-MM, long live SAF.

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    • 7 April 2013 12:39, by Peacocktail

      SLA-MM had been fighting SAF before independant of South Sudan.They have strategic based in Holiday Land of ISREAL and they wanted freedom for people of Sudan not Durafurians. Stop alleging your neighbor while you disorganize your house, why don’t you concentrate on Peace than violent, the truth is SLA-MM, JEM and SPLM-N under SRF shall take power in Khartuom in shortest time. good jobs SLA-MM/SRF

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  • 7 April 2013 12:33, by NikiC

    This is bad news ... Hard to read, people are in danger ...

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    • 7 April 2013 12:45, by Peacocktail

      Nilkic,
      what do you mean by BAD NEWS? SRF are gaining in DArfur region instead of BN, SKDF, now they are staging beautiful and smart side to slash Nyala and El Fashier from SAF/NCP. They are liberators and do not looks at money but freedom fighters... ALllaha guide the Freedom fighters of SLA-MM/SRF. let support them to do more clearance against SAF while SAF continued to defect to SRF. Oyee SLA-

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  • 7 April 2013 18:49, by Oppressor

    What Janoubeen got to do with this except support for Rebels group who are killing thier own families for money & what makes Mini to leave the GOVT & revolt again it is only money no one is looking towards poor ppl in our darfour all the rebels groups are looking for money .. Janoubeen pear in mind u are suffering with YAU Yau in jongle & SPLAM/N ARE killing POOR MURLES IN JONGLE STATE TOO.

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  • 9 April 2013 04:04, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Unless GOSS never trained malitias to murder civilians as Bashir has been doing to wiped out the whole population as in Darfur & now in Blue Nile & S.Kordofan. Civilians dies in cross fire not from clasters bombs & summerized execution.

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