Seventy-seven (77) wounded army soldiers were transferred yesterday from the battlefield to the military hospital in Nyala. They had been injured in clashes with rebel forces in Um Saouna and Adola east of Nyala. Sources told Radio Dabanga from Nyala that the injuries of some of the soldiers were so serious that they were transferred to Khartoum. In an interview on Tuesday, the military spokesman had acknowledged battles with the Justice and Equality Movement in the area. The total number of resulting injured is now about 160 soldiers. The Justice and Equality Movement also claims that it shot down a military helicopter that crashed Tuesday in Nyala. A witnesses near Kalma camp, where the crash occurred, saw the aircraft in flames with some passengers inside while some others had managed to parachute out. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the pilot Captain Ali Ahmed Khaled died in the accident. In another report, sources saw dozens of military vehicles heading east at the village of Garataringa west of Kass, loaded with soldiers and equipment.
(Photo by Amnesty International, 2007: An Mi-24 attack helicopter in El Geneina, West Darfur.)