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JEM and former rebels clash in North Darfur


April 20, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - North Darfur state witnessed fierce fighting between two groups of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) over the control of Furawiyya area last Friday, two weeks after the signing of a peace agreement in Doha with a faction bed by Mohamed Bashar.

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A picture from a Youtube video released by JEM-Bashar showing a military demonstration of their troops organised in Darma, North Darfur in 2012.

JEM main stream led by Gibril Ibrahim and the former rebels issued statements confirming the clashes in the remote area of North Darfur where Bashar and his commanders announced their dissidence in a meeting held on 8 and 9 September 2012.

In a statement released on Saturday, Bashar’s group said their fighters were forced to clash with JEM rebels after they carried out attacks against Furawiyya residents.

The former rebels who signed a peace agreement with Khartoum on 6 April, further said they control Furawiyya and "still chasing" the assailants.

The split in JEM was initially organised by JEM former general commander, Bakheit Abdallah Abdel-Karim (Dabajo) who was opposed to Gibril’s leadership fashion.

He also remained in Darfur and didn’t take part in the reorganisation of JEM forces after the creation of Sudanese Revolutionary Front which set up a joint military command.

Before the dissidence JEM leader Gibril Ibrahim sacked Dabajo from his position after rumours accusing him and Mohamed Bashar of organising a military coup with the support of the Chadian president.

JEM spokesperson, Gibreel Adam Bilal, however said they cleared Jebel Darma and surrounding areas (Karnowi and Ambro) from Bashar fighters adding that they had become part of the "National Congress Party militias" after the signing of Doha agreement.

Bilal pointed out that that last week JEM-Basher fighters accompanied and guided a Sudanese Armed Forces to Jebel Darma in a bid to capture it from them.

"The group that escaped from the field and placed her hand with the Government of genocide has been completely disarmed and do not have any presence on the ground as of today", the rebel spokesperson said.

JEM-Bashar is expected to send an advance delegation to Khartoum during the coming days.

Khartoum accepted in line with the peace agreement sealed with the group to integrate the former rebel commanders in the army after a special academic formation and military training.

The Sudanese army in the past had refused to accord this favour to Minnawi’s commanders, while his faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement was in coalition with the government between 2006 and 2010.


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  • 21 April 2013 10:04, by Nubian King

    I quote "Khartoum accepted in line with the peace agreement sealed with the group to integrate the former rebel commanders in the army after a special academic formation and military training" This will mean using rebels to fight rebels, how low-esteemed are these Darfuris.Bashar should think before being captured by the SRF.

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  • 21 April 2013 10:07, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Wooou! millions of dollars from Doha conference already distabilizing Darfur?, Mohamed Bashar, please eat those Darfur money for developement peacefully, do not kill your own brothers for the bribe. I know it is not easy for those NCP war monglers to facilitate any assistance without asking you to do unthinkable, even to your own mother. Darfurians should learn a lesson of South Sudan.

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  • 21 April 2013 11:22, by william mawien

    Sudan has no where to go so they came back to beg south sudan to pass their oil through their land inorder to get some money

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  • 21 April 2013 11:31, by william mawien

    I never called south sudanese "insects" said el bashir while shivering but i called spla insects
    what a stupid presiden bashir is!
    I supprised to hear el bashir asking for forgivness after calling people insects

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  • 21 April 2013 11:39, by william mawien

    Stupid bashir ?
    Who spla ?
    Spla is the national army of south sudan
    calling spla insect is the same as calling south sudanese insect is the same as calling south sudanese insects
    with south sudan the so called sudan will not survive in this earth

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    • 21 April 2013 16:15, by Oppressor

      william mawien that why you have been called as INSECT coz you don’t know how to talk you are just barking like a dog by da way what makes you comment in non of ur business you are not Sudanese any more !! or u forgot !!! by da way who beg u to open ur oil to help Sudan it was closed by ur Fake GOVt not Sudan Idiot & who is pay ??

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  • 21 April 2013 12:14, by ForAll

    All sections of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and SLM/A must unite and share common Mission, Vision and Values to help and CHANGE the peoples of DARFUR and SUDAN

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  • 21 April 2013 15:17, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will normalize and stabilize soon, so that the security of the citizens is not jeopardized.

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  • 22 April 2013 00:42, by Newman

    Mr. Mawien I don’t blame you,because that’s exactly the mentally of Southerness who really lack proper understanding. Sudan can do well without oil,but South can’t.

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