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Sudan rebels repulse attack as RSF militia reinforce Blue Nile

June 1 - 2016 DAMAZIN
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Hamdan Hamiti (wearing glasses) is welcomed to Damazin by representatives of the Blue Nile Police, the Commander of the army in Blue Nile, and the Governor of Blue Nile
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Hamdan Hamiti (wearing glasses) is welcomed to Damazin by representatives of the Blue Nile Police, the Commander of the army in Blue Nile, and the Governor of Blue Nile

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) claim to have repulsed an attack by government forces on Torda in Blue Nile. More than 1,000 cadres of the pro-government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia have arrived in the state capital Ed Damazin.

SPLM-N military spokesman Arno Ngutulu Lodi stated that his Movement’s forces repulsed an attack on Torda Kilgo hill in Bau locality of Blue Nile yesterday. He said the battle lasted for two hours from 12 pm-2 pm. “The invaders fled the area after suffering heavy casualties in men and equipment,” Lodi said.

Reinforcements

This claim comes as more than 1,000 members of the RSF militia arrived in Ed Damazin. Led by Maj. Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Hamidti, the reinforcements will be assigned to assist the Sudanerse army in Blue Nile battles against the SPLM-N.

Maj. Gen. Izeldin Othman, commander of the Fourth Infantry Division Damazin told reporters that the rapid entry of support troops to the Blue Nile operations will be an extension of the victories in the western area. He said the armed forces have entered of several strategic areas of Blue Nile.

Many listeners reported to Radio Dabanga on Wednesday about the arrival of the RSF troops. They said that as soon as the militiamen arrived, they encroached on some civilians calling them racist names. They have also allegedly robbed several shops on the outskirts of Ed Damazin over the past few days.

RSF commander Maj. Gen. Muhammad Hamdan Hamiti greets the troops in Ed Damazin

Banner welcoming RSF to Ed Damazin


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