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Fresh fighting in Jebel Marra

September 8 - 2011 KHUNJARA

Sudanese forces clash with Abdel Wahid's Sudan Liberation Movement

Government troops clashed with resistance forces in Khunjara region near Turntura in Jebel Marra on Wednesday, witnesses told Radio Dabanga.

The incident that occurred 27 kilometers north of Kaas has left scores dead and wounded who have been admitted to Kaas Hospital.

Nimr Abdel Rahman, spokesperson of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid faction (SLM-AW), told Radio Dabanga that 45 vehicles guarded by militia, who were on horses and camels, attacked their forces south of the Jebel Marra mountains.

“We were able to kill more than 40 government troops and destroy six vehicles. We also seized three other vehicles loaded with various weapons and ammunition,” Nimr Abdel Rahman said.

He added that three of his troop members were killed in the clashes and four others wounded. Radio Dabanga was unable to verify the news with the military spokespersons.

The fresh offensive launched by the Sudanese army comes after thousands have been displaced by the clashes in last week's Blue Nile state.

Jebel Marra, located in central Darfur, is a region that has suffered from lack of humanitarian aid for years.

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