Darfur rebels clash with Sudanese army troops

December 24, 2010 09:54

CAIRO — Darfur rebels say they have clashed with government troops in renewed fighting in Sudan's troubled western province.

The rebel Justice and Equality Movement says government forces attacked its posts in North Darfur on Thursday near the regional capital of El Fasher. It says three rebel troops were killed and eight wounded in the fighting.

Ali Alwafi, a local JEM commander, said in a statement posted on the movement's website that fighters from other rebel groups joined in repulsing the government offensive. There was no immediate comment from Sudan's government.

Fighting in Darfur began with a 2003 rebellion by groups that accused the government of neglecting the vast desert region. It has killed up to 300,000 people and forced 2.7 million from their homes, according to UN figures.

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