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Fresh fighting reported in Darfur between army and JEM rebels

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November 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government forces and rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) clashed today in South Darfur state for the first time since several months, the two parties said.

Fighters from the JEM ride in the back of a vehicle (file/Reuters)

The fighting took place at Khor Taan, 50km east of South Darfur state capital, Nyala. None of the two belligerents provided the details of human causalities but JEM claimed capturing 13 vehicles.

JEM "captured 13 vehicles and destroyed many more. Three of JEM fighters were injured in the combat, none of them seriously," said JEM military spokesperson Ali Alwafi.

The rebel group said clashes erupted when the government troops attacked one of their mobile units while the Sudanese police said the rebels ambushed a commercial convoy escorted by its forces.

The police, in a statement released today in El-Fasher, stressed that its troops from the Central Reserve forces repulsed the rebels who suffered heavy losses. It further said the assailants were unable to capture any of the contents of the convoy and the government troops pursuing them.

JEM rebels froze their participation in the Doha peace process last May accusing the army of keeping attacks on their positions in Darfur despite a cessation of hostilities deal they had signed in February.

The rebel group released several statements last week speaking about military mobilization of government forces in the region warning that the army is preparing to attack their positions.

On the other hand the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur said 5 people, including a woman and its child, were killed during an attack on Tinah, in North Darfur last Monday.

SLA military spokesperson, Nimer Abdel Rahman, also cited another government militia attack in Tabaldiya on civilian vehicles heading from Nyala to Gorlang Dang, southern Jebel Marra in South Darfur state.

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  • 4 November 2010 09:14, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I don’t how this idiot jalaba think of thier future. the end of Jalaba or the minority who call themselves arab will end very soon 9-Jan-2011.
    how can they fight:
    SPLA
    SLA
    JEM etc

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    • 4 November 2010 09:30, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      I would like to advise the Justice and Equality movement to keep preparing themselves and protect themselves meanwhile the Southern Sudan separates. Please JEM, be very courageous to confront armed forces of Bashir as people will rash to you for reinforcement.

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    • 4 November 2010 09:35, by kuol M. Deng

      There are no arabs or jalabas in Sudan. Just fews of most ethnic groups like to annex themselves to arabs for the religious interests and benefits alluded to Middle Eastern.

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  • 4 November 2010 13:01, by Sudan virus

    SAF cliamed some forces within itself want plan coup against their NCP government resume in Khartoum.
    Then SLA and JEM might join them.

    The SPLA is a force of a different state-south Sudan just awaiting for her promised self determination to be international recognize by the international community.due early next year.They only want peaceful settlement of issues between the NCP Khartoum government.

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    • 4 November 2010 16:08, by Paul Ongee

      Commercial convoy escorted by [SAF]? I like to hear those lies. Why does Khartoum claim that Darfur is secured and IDPs should return to their villages while negotiating fake peace in Doha? Khartoum always agrees to disagree but never follows timetable or implements any truce. Khartoum will never honor or implement in good faith any signed agreements. Tijani El-Sissi is wasting his time in Doha. Khartoum needs yet to pay heavy military/political price in Darfur before any genuine negotiations start in Doha or elsewhere.

      There is obviously no any final agreement will be signed soon or before the end of 2010 so long as military campaign is continuing in Darfur. We need to think twice why Tripoli and Paris are boycotting the fake peace process. Never negotiate peace from a weak political and military position with Khartoum. It will only listen and negotiate peace after understanding the military and political language of the freedom fighters - JEM and SLA of Wad Al-Nur.

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