Sudanese Army Recapture Rebels' Area in South Kordofan As SPLM-N Minimises

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"The purpose of these attacks actually is to force civilians to move from their areas because they are seen as supportive to the SPLA fighters and feeding them", Lodi said when reached by Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The further said that some 20,000 civilians recently left their villages as result of continued air raids.

The rebel spokesperson also described the military communiqué as "pure propaganda", saying the area is inhabited by civilians and the rebel fighters have no real presence there.

Many of Al-Ardiba population fled the area after the intense bombardment by the Sudanese army, "so it was practically void when they entered" , he added.

Lodi added they closely monitor the movements of SAF troops and its militias in the region.

"We noticed their deployment of (SAF soldiers) in Khairasana" which located 30 north of Heglig, he said. They moved their troops several times from Talodi to Kaoda (headquarters of the SPLA-N) but every time we hit them and they return back to their bases", he added.

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