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Nyala airport comes under attack as Darfur rebels claim responsibility

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April 22, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The main airport in South Darfur capital of Nyala came under shelling this weekend from rebels belonging to the Sudan Liberation Army of Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM) in the latest sign of growing military escalation in the state.

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Rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), loyal to leader Minni Minnawi (AFP)

The SLA-MM said in a statement that the airport was carefully targeted with shells and claimed that this has set parts of it on fire and led to an exchange of fire amongst security officers inside who thought the attack was from within the airport.

Eyewitnesses speaking to Sudan Tribune from Nyala confirmed the airport attack while officials from South Darfur government refused to comment on SLA-MM claims.

SLA-MM further said that they inflicted "a crushing defeat" on Sudan troops and militias in Morla on Monday night. The rebel group claimed to have seized 10 military vehicles, destroyed 13 others along with a tank and killed 100 fighters from the government side.

Government troops were forced to flee to the outskirts of Nyala, the statement said.

South Darfur state has witnessed a near total security breakdown in recent months with recurrent incidents of looting, banditry and murder including from pro-government militias.

This month an MP warned that Nyala may soon fall into rebel hands if the government does not quickly intervene to constrain the situation.

The Sudanese defense minister acknowledged the deteriorating situation but asserted that the army is stretched thin as it had to guard commercial convoys carrying food and fuel to Nyala which faced severe shortages lately because of growing insecurity.

Violence in Darfur has subsided from its peak in 2003 and 2004, but a surge in fighting has forced more than 130,000 people to flee their homes since the start of this year, according to the United Nations.

War broke out in Darfur in 2003 when rebels took up arms against the central government, accusing Khartoum of neglecting the remote region and marginalizing its ethnic minorities.

Despite the presence of the world’s largest peacekeeping mission, UNAMID, fighting between Sudan’s army and rebels has continued since then, alongside banditry and tribal clashes.

Last week a UNAMID peacekeeper was killed and two others were wounded in southern Darfur town of Muhajiriya.

Most major Darfur rebels remain outside the Doha peace deal signed two years ago in Qatar.

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  • 23 April 2013 10:47, by trinitri

    Violence! This is what our country has been built on!

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  • 23 April 2013 10:58, by Runrach

    Bravo! Bravo! and Bravo SLA-MM for a job well done. Believe it or not Darfurian justice and permanent peace accord is lying at the tip of your fingers’ triggering. Bear in mind liberty is not being granted but something you have to struggling for. It is undoubtedly that ICC & DOHA peace process are just a delaying tactic just like South and North border demarcations. Please teach NCP.

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  • 23 April 2013 11:18, by Runrach

    Trillions of thank to Southern Darfur and the entire people of Nyala city, Since day one up to now you have really shown your powerful muscles to an ICC indicted president that you can teach them a unforgettable lesson. NCP is not people’s govt. But terrorist organization. Long live SLA-MM.

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  • 23 April 2013 12:47, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Don’t celebrate propoganda.The report came from Khartoum with no comment from SAF ! Little professinalism is needed Sudan Tribune. Minnawi have no capability to come any time closer to Nyala! I, suppose you should be moaning those who are dying from hunger , instead of celebrating a lie!

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    • 23 April 2013 13:14, by Runrach

      @ Mohamed, did you said don’t celebrate propaganda ? Sorry for you mate. Unless you are out of country or out of mind, Nyala is not longer at Govt control. But you won’t believe it though as long as you Muslims don’t believe Mohamed being a gay while he is.

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      • 23 April 2013 13:57, by Oppressor

        " Runrach " I feel sorry for u poor man u totally have no knowledge about the Prophet Peace be up on Him Muhammad" plz
        click & read to enlighten yourself:
        http://rasoulallah.net/index.php/en/articles/article/6824

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        • 23 April 2013 19:19, by panchol

          Oppressor.
          Your name indicates why South Sudanese, Funj, Nubaian, Darfurians and Eastern Sudanese picked up their arms against Arab jahaleen of Sudan.
          NB:Darfur rebels Oyee! black African of Darfur Oyee! your right shall not be deny.

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          • 23 April 2013 20:05, by Oppressor

            To"Panchol,South Fake Prof" Copied from " Ngomtoda" From south:-
            Dinka died in stealing other people properties.they were killed in huge numbers by Murle,Gaajaak, Dingdinga etc during their thievery liberation.No war was found by dinka against Arab instead used other tribesmen to go and fight.you were born coward and you will leave the world coward.Nuer and greater equatoria oyeeeee.

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    • 23 April 2013 13:29, by South South

      Mohammed Ali 2,
      Darfurians are fucking fake Arabs very badly, right ? This is what we call the liberation of all Sudan. South Sudan left already, Darfur is following soon. Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile are on the same boat. Eastern Sudan will join soon. What is left from Sudan ? Nothing, just a few fake Arabs in their on table clothes.

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      • 23 April 2013 15:26, by Nubian King

        Mohammed,
        You got it wrong, Nuba will never leave any part of Sudan to anyone that came in carrying a sack (Mukhla). We welcomed everyone to this Sudan and anyone who misbehaves, shall be expelled from Sudan. Nuba thought that Arabs are brothers, little did they know that they (Arabs) are ’hypocrites’ and don’t honor any privilege give unto them. NUBA SHALL HAVE SUDAN AT LAST!

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  • 23 April 2013 13:08, by Oppressor

    Well done Mohammed Ali 2 for the comment but haters &narrow minded are always looks for WAR to live & get everything for free it is the habit of the infidels.. like Nibs

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    • 23 April 2013 13:37, by South South

      Oppressor,
      Your bad English makes me sick to stomach. Learn English first before jumping and putting these bad sentences to the public. War is the only thing Fake Arabs of Sudan understand. How do I know that ? South Sudan is my answer to you. Because of WAR South Sudan is now liberated from Fake Arabs. We are not talking about Americans or Europeans or other civilize people, but fake Arabs.

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      • 23 April 2013 14:09, by Oppressor

        Prof of south Fake State " Fake Arabs " is the only word in English you know i guess. any way ur comment is worthless to be consider.. but let me ask u prof what u did for ur own ppl ????? N O T H IN G ,AT LEAST JOIN EFFORT OF WISE MEN IN SOUTH TO SAVE THEM FROM HUNGER & EDUCATE THEM TO LEAD THEIR OWN FUTURE LIFE USE UR QUALITY OF GOOD & STRONG ENGLISH BE USEFUL DON’T WAIT FOR FREE CHARITY ..

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        • 23 April 2013 15:57, by South South

          Oppressor,
          I did not understand anything from your poor English, so Iam not going to say anything here unless someone help me to translate what you are trying to say.

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        • 23 April 2013 20:31, by aguotwany@live.com

          Mission cut short idiot claimed to be Arab, South, Sudan had just defeated you and it will take time for development . We will make sure that northern Sudan become the place where bars and clubs are found . You be driven to sea like Osama buried at sea idiot . Your people of Arab will only dream about Sudan . Just wait son of sinister devils.

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  • 23 April 2013 15:09, by steven

    This is bad news. The situation is dangerous and something has to be done to stabilize the entire region, for the safety of civilians.

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