Rebels report new attacks in North Darfur.
September 18, 2008 (ALFASHER) -- Darfur rebels said they clashed
with the Sudanese troops in Northern Darfur yesterday evening, killing
21 soldiers in the most deadly autumn since four years in the troubled
western Sudan. Army officials say they are fighting bandits and
carjackers in Darfur in order to secure roads and protect humanitarian
convoys. Therefore they deny attacks against the factions of the Sudan
Liberation Movement (SLM) in the different parts of Darfur. The Sudanese
troops attacked yesterday at the sunset the SLM/A Al Nur positions in
Helf, located at 122 klm northern Al-Fasher on Wednesday, said Suleiman
Marjan, who commands SLA-Abdel Wahid Al-Nur forces northern Darfur.
Marjan said the attackers who came in 55 vehicles had to withdraw
quickly to Malit due to the heavy fire from the rebels. He added that
they destroyed six vehicles. The rebel commander said no body could
blame them when they attack troops that violate the signed ceasefire
agreement on daily basis. Reports of continued fighting are received
every day from the rebel groups about attack against their positions in
different part of Darfur, since more than two weeks. According to the
United Nations, up to 300,000 people have died in Darfur and more than
2.2 million have fled their homes since rebels rose up against Khartoum
in February 2003. Sudan says 10,000 people have been killed. (ST)
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