Home | News    Sunday 17 January 2016

Fresh clashes erupt in C. Darfur between Sudan army, rebels

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 16, 2016 (ZALINGEI) - Intense fighting took place between the Sudanese army and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW) led by Abdel Wahid al Nur in areas west of Jebel Marra in Central Darfur state, said IDPs official.

JPEG - 20.5 kb
SLM-AW fighters on guard during a visit by UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari to Fanga Suk village, in East Jebel Marra, West Darfur, on 18 March 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

An official from the IDPs camps in Central Darfur told Sudan Tribune Saturday that the government forces attacked the SLM-AW positions in Galdo, Sordong and Kotrong using more than 10 military aircrafts. He said the clashes began on Friday morning and continued until Saturday afternoon.

The same source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said several villages in the area were burned to aches, adding that thousands have been displaced and the fate of dozens more is unknown due to the heavy aerial bombardment.

He further pointed that hundreds have resorted to the caves of Jebel Marra, noting the western area where clashes took place is inhabited by more than 45,000 people.

The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir recently announced the extension of the cessation of hostilities for one month in all the areas where the government army and militias are fighting against the rebel groups.

The SLM-AW, which refuses to join the African Union brokered peace talks, says not concerned by this process and the truce, asking the government to repair the effects of the armed conflict unilaterally, after what peace talks can discuss the root causes of the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese army spokesperson Ahmed al-Shami told Sudan Tribune Saturday that the army is fully committed to the ceasefire announced by President Omer al-Bashir but would not hesitate to repulse rebels attacks, claiming the rebels violated the ceasefire 70 times in various areas in Darfur.

Al-Shami stressed the government army didn’t launch any attack against rebels positions but continues to repel their attacks He accused the rebels of taking advantage of the ceasefire to ambush the administrative and military caravans.

He underscored that the army has suspended the direct military operations in Darfur since many months following the Gouz Dango battle, saying the combat capabilities of the rebels have been weakened after that famous battle.

the military spokesperson pointed that SLM-AW fighters around Jebel Marra continued to target the administrative caravans of the army which usually carry the supplies and salaries of the army personnel in the area.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga Saturday, SLM-AW leader Abdel-Wahid al Nur said his forces were able to repulse the government attacks on Jebel Marra, claiming that militants from the Islamic State organization (ISIS) have fought alongside the government army.

“We have all the evidence to prove this,” he said.

However, al-Shami dismissed al-Nur’s claims and described it as "mere propaganda and fabrications", denying the army had bombarded villages and caused displacement of thousands of the civilian population.

“The Sudanese army didn’t use military aircrafts; this is nothing but a lie”, he further said.

The Sudanese army has been fighting a group of armed movements in Darfur since 2003.

Doha brokered the Darfur peace negotiations which resulted in the signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) in July 2011. Also, a dissident faction of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) joined the DDPD in April 2013.

JEM led by Gibril Ibrahim and the SLM-MM led by Minni Minnawi have engaged in peace talks with the government under the auspices of the African Union.

The latest round of talks last November between the Sudanese government and the JEM and SLM-MM have stalled over issues pertaining to the security, humanitarian and political arrangements.

The two movements demand to hold talks on Darfur conflict and to open the DDPD for discussion before to join the national dialogue process.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 17 January 2016 10:05, by Kalo

    The new army spokesman just like the former Sawarmy Khalid Saad,every knew that you attacked Jebel Mara with more than 1000 Land cruisers,12 Jets and 7 antonvovo but SLM-AW repulsed you back with heavily casualties,you are shame to tell the truth

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


National dialogue building nation 2017-05-22 21:10:41 By Amb. Dhano Obongo Initially, I congratulate and commend H.E the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, for recognising the need for a national dialogue among 64 (...)

The raging just revolution in Darfur will continue burning until victory 2017-05-22 21:04:22 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Author Mahmoud Yusuf says that we live in a historical stage full of serious events that will affect the future of mankind on this planet, including what is related to (...)

South Sudan: How culture of revenge inhibits development and progress 2017-05-13 08:09:39 By Steve Paterno Admittedly, revenge or the act of it is inherently human in nature. The human beings since biblical times could not dissuade from the proverbial practice of an 'eye for an eye.' (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)

Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.