19 September 2012

Sudan Army and SRF Clash, Bombs Kill 15

East Jebel Marra — Heavy clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) took place between Tabet and Khazan Tinjur, in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Wednesday morning, 19 September, according to witnesses. The amount of fatal victims is not yet known.

The SRF and residents confirmed the incident to Radio Dabanga, adding that a wide street in the area was targeted by massive shelling.

Adam Saleh Abkar, spokesman of SLM-Minnawi, and Mubarak Mohamed Ahmed, spokesman of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), also spoke to Radio Dabanga about incidents in the area. They said that joint forces belonging to both movements attacked SAF troops in an area called Kolghe, in East Jebel Marra.

The spokesmen added that SAF troops were on their way to Al-Aradiba Lashara when they were attacked by the SLM and LJM. They said the joint forces seized several weapons and ammunition from the SAF, forcing them to flee to Khazzan Tinjur and Tabet. According to the SRF the government troops were not yet caught.

Two incidents, 13 dead

On Tuesday, 18 September, 13 people died in two separate incidents took place between Zam Zam and Tabet. Radio Dabanga was informed that both accidents were caused by bombs dropped by the SAF.

In the first incident, 11 people traveling in two vehicles were killed when both cars were shelled, onlookers reported. They said that one of the vehicles was carrying 10 passengers, eight of them died and the other two survived.

The second vehicle was carrying two passengers and the driver, according to witnesses. They said all of them died and the car was completely destroyed.

Child and farmer killed

On Wednesday witnesses affirmed that SAF bombings killed a nine year old girl and left her mother in critical condition. They said Suad Bakr Hamid and her mother, Khadija Omar Mohammed Issa, were hit when traveling from their farm to their home in El-Kunjar, north of Tabet, on a horse cart.

Another farmer was killed by an SAF bomb while working in his land in the same area, Radio Dabanga has learned.

Cloud of smoke

Sources told Radio Dabanga that heavy SAF shelling burned two houses and killed two donkeys and three goats in El-Kunjar, north of Tabet. In addition, residents said they fled the village to nearby valleys and mountains. They could not confirm if there were any fatal victims.

In addition, a resident from Kushineh, north of Tabet, informed Radio Dabanga that he saw a cloud of smoke and heard loud blasts coming from El-Kunjar.

According to witnesses, the following villages located north of Tabet were also targeted by shelling: Sekane, Hilla Krengo, Koren Tiniga and Hilla Kadarik.

SAF retaliation campaign

Victims who fled their villages in east Tabet due to the SAF bombings informed Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that the Sudanese army is carrying out a retaliation campaign against them.

They claimed tohaving been beaten, insulted and humiliated, adding that many were also arrested.

Residents also said that their conditions are dire, as they have no water or food. They pointed out that the situation is especially detrimental for children, women and the elderly.

They appealed to the international community to protect them.

New wave of displacement

The aerial bombardments in East Jebel Marra led to a new wave of civilian displacement from cities and villages to IDP camps, camps leaders from Dali and Rwanda told Radio Dabanga.

They said that 87 families arrived in their camps, located in Tawila locality, between Saturday and Wednesday this week.

The leaders pointed out that people are coming from the villages of Goz Duru, Timo, Derty and Argo in East Jebel Marra. In addition, they said the condition of these families is critical. Children have no clothes and there is no availability of shelters or medicine for these people, as the camp is also lacking these items, according to the leaders.

They appealed to the World Food Program and to OCHA to resolve this situation as soon as possible and help these victims.

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