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Darfur rebels: 750 families flee Jebel Marra in fighting Thursday

March 19 - 2011 JEBEL MARRA

The rebel movement led by Abdelwahid Al Nur said that more than 750 families fled from seven villages located between the regions Rufta and Bargo in Jebel Marra. The rebels attributed this exodus to the ground and air offensive launched by government forces, backed by militias, since Thursday.Nimr Abdelrahman, spokesman for the movement, told Radio Dabanga that their forces intervened for the second time this week to prevent government forces from crossing the Rufta area to Rokero. He claimed that they were able to defeat the army and pointed out that combat helicopters continued bombing civilian areas until yesterday morning. He said that residents ran and took refuge in the mountains.

Radio Dabanga was unable to contact the military’s spokesman for comment on this news.


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