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Darfur rebels attack Sudanese army in Jebel Marra

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January 13, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — A Darfur rebel group today attacked a Sudanese army-held town in Jebel Marra in North Darfur after repeated government bombing of their position, a rebel spokesman said.

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Sudan Liberation Army rebels speed through the desert east of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state November 8, 2004. (file/Reuters)

Ibrahim El Hilu, a spokesperson from the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel Wahid Al Nur told Sudan Tribune they attacked on Wednesday morning the position of the Sudanese army in Gulu, the capital of the mountainous area.

The rebel official said these attacks come after daily bombardment by the Sudanese army in the region adding they decided to protect the civilians by their proper means as the international community failed to press Khartoum to stop "indiscriminate violence".

El-Hilu said they arrested more than forty government troops, among them a colonel and a lieutenant whose names and military details he provided to Sudan Tribune. He also said they captured 17 military vehicles with weapons and ammunitions.

Since this summer, rebels loyal to the SLM founder reported regular bombing against their positions in different areas of the Jebel. The army and pro-government militia attacked also their position in Korma and Ain Siro.

Abdel Wahid Al-Nur confirmed the attack saying the SLM leadership decided to carry out this attack to protect the civilians in the mountainous areas reminding that his troops observe the 2004 ceasefire agreement but have the right to defend the area.

He stressed that the decision had been taken in consultation with the SLA Commander in Chief Abdel Gadir Gadora and Mohamed Abdel Salam Tarada.

Al-Nur stressed that they are peace seekers but asked Khartoum to stop violence on Darfur civilians.

"We are peace seekers and if the government stops the violence against Darfur civilians and provides the necessary environment for their security, we can take part in the peace process without precondition."

The rebel leader further urged the Red Cross to contact them to visit the prisoners of the Sudanese army and inspect their conditions.

UNAMID official spokesperson Noureddine Mezni confirmed to Sudan Tribune the attack, adding they had no presence in the area but received reports about the assault from the NGOs working there.

Mezni said they have no access to areas controlled by the SLA-AW. "Unfortunately we cannot provide humanitarian aid or deal with the injuries among the civilian population there."

He urged the rebel group to reconsider its position and allow the peacekeeping mission to visit their areas in order to accomplish its duties as provided in the UN mandate.

Meanwhile, the Darfur peace mediator is preparing to hold direct talks between the government and the rebel groups to end the seven year conflict on January 24 in Doha.

The main rebel groups blame Khartoum for its lack of credibility and yet say they are ready to negotiate under some conditions. In a new development, last week the joint mediator said he is expecting Al-Nur to join the peace process.

Also the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said today government warplanes bombed the area of Jebel Moon in West Darfur State where the rebel group holds some positions.

JEM Spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said that hundreds of civilians moved to eastern Chad to flee the daily bombardment.

UN experts have estimated that the fighting in Darfur resulted in the deaths of up to 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million since 2003. However the Sudanese government says only 10,000 people have died in the conflict.

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  • 14 January 2010 07:08, by Majang

    you hit and run why can you do it better than that you don`t know how to fight like the SPLA.or let the SPLA TRAIN YOU BETTER THAN THAT.YOU Should attack them properlly since Bashir has resigned from the Army.

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  • 14 January 2010 07:22, by Dinka Boy

    Why you go to war and run like this?.
    apathetic!

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  • 14 January 2010 08:03, by David_N

    I’m already tired of seeing repeating itself over and over again over same old stuffs since 2003. I shouldn’t blame what SLM has been doing, but it should have to have some resolution over Darfur, but other wise it will continue and repeating itself again and again.

    Al-Nour shouldn’t be blinded eyes towards it’s resolutions.
    Yet, it might be that last Doha Peace Negotiations, but A—Nour shouldn’t give up on support from the Gulf States...
    The Khartoum can’t stop between Doha and El Fasher anyways!

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    • 14 January 2010 09:10, by Wed Deng

      The Sudanese government accepted death of 100,000 people in Darfur, the question is, if the human right is there, what are they waiting with killer Bashir and what is the reason of killing that population?

      Bashor doesn’t want people to discuss with him while laughing, so Mr. Al-Nur our almighty God will help to succeed in achieving your goals.

      WRITER IS NGOR DENG MATEM

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      • 14 January 2010 11:18, by David_N

        You guys don’t worry about North Sudan.

        Why don’t you guys help Haiti with Wyclef Jean?
        They needs your help than Darfur now.

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        • 14 January 2010 21:07, by Machingela gai

          David_N,

          Sudan’s problems are our problems and the Sudanse themselves have the right to talk them out. Whereas, Haiti’s earth quake is a natural desaster and it is a world issue, not even close to sudanse issues by comparsion.
          So, Darfur war is a manmade problem and we have major concern to talk about it. You lost the sight to admit our existing problems and you staged yourself where you are not belonged to. Hi, man, you come down and see us where we are at, and then we will talk togather by discussing our issues. You leave alone the world’s problems to them!
          We are Sudanse and as we are Sudanse, we do have right to get involved into northern, southern, eastern, and western affairs respectively without restrictions, whether be it Darfur or South, whichever comes first in the talk, it doesn’t matter. Take easy man!

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          • 14 January 2010 22:32, by kumkan

            The world has just reached its stage where everybody want to takes whatever their hands grasp and the weakers pay the price of his weekness. Our problem as Sudanese is beyond comparison to the rest of the world because our brother in the North want to stirred everythings to the point once would not want to sort it our by talking rather than to fight. Only those who are currently in power would like how South V North operated the peaceful coexisting in the Sudan and once would wonder about when peace will come to Sudan.

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            • 15 January 2010 10:35, by Mike Mike

              Dear South Sudanese be watchful Arab is an Arab don’t attempt to give them any suggestion. Leave them alone to fight themselves. They when and where they will make their peace processes.

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        • 15 January 2010 04:56, by Suka G.

          To: Mr. David I would likes to say good thinking but you wrong my friend because there is nothing to do with mother nature and war or conflict within country. Don’t compare this quake with conflict in Sudan in general because it’s tough for some people to get to that sooner.

          Nonetheless, just focus on topic here and not jumping around. We can’t even solve our own problems how can we will be able to solve others, just think before you write your suggestion my friend. The Haiti problem is for the Nations that have peace, good technology etc to help them not us. Who are we any way neal nothing, you got confuse mr.

          Peace Or War You Decide!!!!!!!

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