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Govt. forces prepare for new offensive in Darfur’s Jebel Marra’

February 8 - 2015 WEST JEBEL MARRA
A militiaman stands near a damaged vehicle in the area of Fanga, East Jebel Marra, after fierce clashes between government forces and rebels on 1 January 2015 (Sudan Armed Forces)
A militiaman stands near a damaged vehicle in the area of Fanga, East Jebel Marra, after fierce clashes between government forces and rebels on 1 January 2015 (Sudan Armed Forces)

Government forces and allied militias are concentrating in the area of Kass, South Darfur, in preparation for a new offensive on West Jebel Marra.

Multiple witnesses told Dabanga on Friday that government troops and militias have re-grouped in Khor Ramla for a new attack on the strongholds of the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdel Wahid El Nur in the area west of Jebel Marra.

They claimed that 64 Land Cruisers and four armoured vehicles loaded with various kinds of weapons, including Katyusha rocket launchers, and other missile launchers locally known as “40 guides”, gathered in the area of Khor Ramla.

“Other forces, in more than 200 vehicles, arrived at Kass from Nyala, capital of South Darfur. Yet, conflicts arose between them and the other militias, after which they withdrew to the area of Kishlingo,” one of them said.

The sources also reported that about 30 soldiers among the troops who arrived at Khor Ramla refused to participate in the fighting. They were transferred to the military prison of Zalingei. 


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