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Casualties as Sudanese army clashes with rebels in Blue Nile

December 10 - 2013 DAMAZIN

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have clashed in Blue Nile State, southwest of Damazin, the capital of the state. The rebels reported at least one casualty from their side, while they claim that the army lost at least ten soldiers. Attacks on army convoys started on Sunday in Bau County. The convoys are part of the announced campaign to defeat the rebels in the Blue Nile.

The SAF refused to comment, but the spokesperson for the SPLM-N, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, confirmed to Radio Dabanga that the SPLM-N tried to destroy all the convoys. “We managed to destroy two military convoys in Blue Nile State, mainly between Derang and Salbel, and between Shamshur and Goldamul in Bau County. He added that the rebel troops inflicted heavy losses to the army. They destroyed three vehicles and captured a Land Cruiser, two RPG-7's and ten AKM-47 rifles.

According to the state governor of Blue Nile, Hussein Yaseen Hamed, the state is safe and the war is over, as he told humanitarian organisations last week. This week the UNDP released the report for 2013 expecting that by the end of 2013 an estimated 950,000 people were newly displaced by conflict and fighting in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile.

The UN estimates that hundred thousands from the Blue Nile region have fled to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

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