Home | News    Thursday 1 June 2017

Darfur rebels accuse government of committing mass crimes in recent clashes


Thousands of people, mostly women and children, take refuge at a safe zone adjacent to UNAMID's base in Um Baru, North Darfur, on 27 January 2015 (UNAMID Photo)
May 31, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) Wednesday have accused government forces of committing mass crimes against innocent residents in more than 90 villages in North Darfur State.

The Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militiamen clashed during four days from May 19 to 22 with the SLM-MM and the SLM-Transitional Council (SLM-TC) in East and North Darfur.

In a joint statement extended to Sudan Tribune Wednesday, JEM leader Gibril Ibrahim and Minni Minnawi said the Khartoum regime launched a simultaneous attack against the positions of the SLM-MM and the SLM-TC.

It pointed the government forces also targeted villagers at Marla area in South Darfur and Ba’ashim and Mukjar areas in North Darfur, saying the brutal campaign have escalated during the past two days.

According to the statement, the attacks targeted large areas in the north-west of Kutum including Farang, Se mountain range, Tunonu, Takago, Dabry, Mustariha Kola, Sirofruk and Garry.

The statement stressed that Ain Siro area was the most affected by the attacks, saying the government forces and the RSF burned, looted and raped large numbers of girls and terrorised the residents by the intense and indiscriminate aerial bombardment.

It added that the bombardment, looting, burning and sexual violence targeted more than 90 villages, saying more than 40,000 residents were forced to flee their villages and resort to the nearby mountain reefs where they are still stranded without water, food or shelter.

The two leaders expressed concern over the silence of the international community on these violations, calling on it to act urgently to redress the dire situation and press the government to allow international and local humanitarian groups access the affected areas.

They also urged the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to protect civilians and move immediately to the affected areas to determine the magnitude of the humanitarian disaster.

The JEM and SLM-MM leaders further demanded the international community to condemn the violations of war prisoners’ rights, pointing to statements attributed to East Darfur governor in which he called to leave the dead bodies of the rebels in the open and not to bury them.

The Sudanese army has been fighting a group of armed movements in Darfur since 2003. UN agencies estimate that over 300,000 people were killed in the conflict, and over 2.5 million were displaced.


Meanwhile, the commissioner of Kutum locality, North Darfur State Mohamed Jaber Buram denied the area has witnessed any wave of displacement stressing the locality is free of rebellion.

He told the official news agency SUNA that the situation in the area has returned to normal with the flow of commercial convoys, revealing the army and the RSF provided assistance to the residence.

According to the commissioner, the security situation in Ain Siro area is now stable following the recent clashes between the government forces and the rebel fighters.

On Tuesday, residents from Ain Siro and Kasab IDP’s camp told Sudan Tribune that thousands of civilians fled towards the mountains following recent clashes between government forces and rebels in Kutum Locality.


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.

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

Maulana Mayen Wol was acquitted by South Sudan Supreme Court 2018-03-21 21:14:00 By Amb. Gordon Buay I have seen some quarters criticizing the appointment of Maulana Mayen Wol as the undersecretary of the Ministry of Petroleum on the basis of the charges brought against him (...)

President Kiir should extend equal justice recognition to John Agou 2018-03-17 08:35:01 By Deng Kur Deng Dear Mr. President, Is is the quest for equal justice that urges me to write to you today. Our quest didn’t begin with us, but it starts with you. All you have done for your (...)

Applying to the Arab League as the observer is recommendable but wrong time 2018-03-13 11:21:42 By Gatdiet Peter On 5 March 2018, a report from the Egyptian official news agency, MENA has flooded the media and captured a sharp attention of wider South Sudanese people that the Republic of (...)


Latest Press Releases

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.