Darfur rebels launch new attack on central Sudan

July 24, 2013 15:56

KHARTOUM - Rebels from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region launched a new assault on the country's once placid heartland on Wednesday, attacking an army base and sending civilians running for cover, rebels and witnesses said.

Residents in al-Rachad, in the central North Kordofan state, home to much of Sudan's production of gum arabic, an additive used in soft drinks, said they could hear explosions and intense gunfire outside the nearby town of Jebel al-Dayer."People have arrived today here fleeing fighting in the area of Jebel al-Dayer," said a resident of Rachad, asking not to be named.

Gibril Adam, spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the biggest rebels groups in Darfur, said: "We handed the army a defeat."

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