Sudanese Rebels Attack Government Soldiers in the Darfur Region to Stop President Bashir From Visiting

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“Rebels said they attacked government soldiers in Sudan’s Darfur region as part of an offensive to stop President Omar Hassan al-Bashir visiting the territory close to the 10th anniversary of its festering conflict.

Sudan’s army confirmed a clash with fighters near the capital of North Darfur state El Fasher on Wednesday, but said security forces repelled the attack.

Mostly non-Arab insurgents took up arms in the arid area in 2003, accusing Khartoum of political and economic neglect – many experts date the start of the conflict to an attack on a government base in late February that year.

Sudan’s government deployed soldiers and Arab militias to crush the revolt, unleashing a wave of violence that was condemned as genocide by Washington and rights groups, a charge dismissed by Khartoum.

” — (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Heavens), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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