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Rebels claim victory in Central Darfur

July 18 - 2016 NIERTETI
Rebel fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdulwahid El Nur (file photo)
Rebel fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdulwahid El Nur (file photo)

The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW) claims to have killed 37 government troops in a battle near Nierteti in Central Darfur on Friday.

Shamseldin Ahmed Haggar, the spokesman for the SLM-AW, informed Radio Dabanga on Sunday that rebel fighters gained control of the area of Boldong, seven kilometres east of Nierteti, in the south-western part of the Jebel Marra mountain range.

The spokesman said that 37 army and militia troops were killed. Two of them were identified by their military IDs: Jibril Dawelbeit Abdallah Dodo of the 16th infantry forces, and Infantry Deputy Corporal Mohyidin Mohamed Ibrahim.

He added that the rebels managed to seize three Dushka machineguns, five rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 40 missiles, 11 Kalashnikov rifles, and 81 boxes with ammunition.

Ceasefire

On 30 June, the Sudanese president declared a unilateral ceasefire in Darfur, after he had announced a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

According to Mini Minawi, leader of the Sudan Liberation movement-MM, the ceasefires were announced because “the military vehicles cannot move during the rainy season. 

“It is obvious that Khartoum waited with a ceasefire in Darfur because of the late entry of the rainy season in the western region.”


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