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SPLM-N recaptures two areas in South Kordofan: spokesperson

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January 16, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have managed to retake two areas in South Kordofan from government forces, a rebel spokesman said on Friday.

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SPLA-N fighters stand in front of a grenade launcher captured from Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) near Gos village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan on 1 May 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, SPLM-N spokesperson Arnu Ngutulu Lodi said rebel forces in South Kordofan had retaken Ankarto, 18km north of Talodi and Um Turq-Turq, 20km north of Talodi.

Lodi further vowed to release more details about the causalities inflicted on the government forces and enumerated weapons they seized during the fight.

The rebels also released over thirty pictures showing the weapons allegedly captured during the recent clashes.

The government and rebels on Thursday issued conflicts statements about the ongoing fighting in the Nuba Moutains as the two warring parties claimed victory.

The Sudanese government’s humanitarian body, the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), said it expects some 145,000 people to be displaced in rebel-held areas as a result of ongoing fighting there, according to the latest weekly bulletin by

It says it is currently tracking population movements in the localities of Heiban, Um Dourein, Al-Buram and parts of Dalami, which are controlled by the SPLM-N.

Ongoing fighting between government forces and SPLM-N in parts of South and West Kordofan states could also potentially lead to a massive civilian influx from SPLM-N-held areas, said HAC.

Meanwhile, British rights group the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) headed by Baroness Caroline Cox has called for an international investigation into human rights violations in the Two Areas following a recent visit to the two Sudanese states.

“There is an urgent need for an independent, United Nations or African Union-mandated commission of inquiry into serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the GoS (Sudanese government) in both Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since conflict broke out in 2011,” said the group.

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