SUDAN - July 7 - Security Chiefs Meet After Rebel Advance.
SPLA spokesman Justin Yaac said a 1,500-strong SPLA force had taken Mabaan after a 12-hour battle with government troops. He said the troops had been raiding nearby villages. Mabaan is a significant gain for the SPLA because it straddles the boundary between north and south Sudan and reportedly gives the rebels control of routes to the key Nile valley towns of Ulu and Renk and to oilfields north of Malakal. (The SPLA has fought successive Islamism governments in Khartoum since 1983 to try to win autonomy for the mainly Christian and animist south.) Aid organisations have warned that a flare-up fighting between rebels and the army in southern Sudan could lead to a further deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal, another war-ravaged region in the area.
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 8, 2000|
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