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Sudanese army retakes rebel positions in Jebel Marra: spokesperson

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February 8, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese military spokesperson says the army is now in control of Jebel Marra, where rebel fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement - Abdel Wahid al-Nur have been resisting an army offensive since over a month.

Fighters from the Rapid Support Forces sit in an armed vehicle in Nyala, south Darfur, displaying weapons they say they captured from the Justice and Equality Movement rebels on May 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ashraf Shazly)

In a statement released on Monday evening Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson Ahmed Khalifa al-Shami called on civilians in the area to return to their villages and resume a normal life.

"The area is safe and stable and roads are reopened to circulation, as they can exercise their economic and social activities easily," he said.

Al-Shami further said the army "cleared’’ armed rebels from 17 positions in Jebel Marra. However he added government troops still continue to clear some remaining pockets.

He said the army seized large quantities of arms, ammunition, equipment and war materiel as well as inflicted heavy losses on the rebels in life and equipment without further details.

Since last January, Sudanese army and its allied militias carry out a large scale military operation in Jebel Marra areas on the positions of SLM-AW.

The government accuse the rebel group of attacks on civilians and commercial convoys.

The group leader Abdel Wahid al-Nur, however, denied the statement of the Sudanese army and described it as lies.

"I will say that is not true at all, that is a lie," al-Nur told AFP by telephone from France.

He called the fighting "a tragedy, with the silence of the international community".

Independent media and observers have no access to the area to verify the accounts from both sides.

The fighting in Jebel Marra forces over 44,000 people from Jebel Marra said OCHA office in Sudan last week. The UN body said 31,000 IDPs are now in North Darfur and 13,000 moved to Central Darfur.

(ST)

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  • 9 February 2016 08:05, by Kalo

    Remember SAF/Janjaweed militants,even if you capture all areas in Jebel Mara,there will no be stability in Darfur,rebels will still gain momentum and launch counter another attack hence military solution will never solve problem in Sudan.
    Son of Nuba

    • 9 February 2016 08:13, by Kalo

      cont,the problem was the difference with in Darfurian rebels function,some defected signed fake peace with NCP like Sisi,Abugarda,some joined fake dialogue in Khartoum like Mansor,Abulgasim,Jebriel and Mini did not give Abdulwaid reinforcement,all these,give advantages to the NCP regime and that what they were looking for,the Darfurians rebels need to begin the new a genesis.



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