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Sudan rebels, govt clash again Kordofan

02 December 2013, 22:38

Khartoum - Rebels and government forces in Sudan's South Kordofan state have clashed again south of a railway town the insurgents briefly occupied last month, both sides said on Monday.

Fighting in the state has intensified since early November, at the start of the dry season, as the government began an operation to crush the ethnic rebels who rose up two years ago.

Access to South Kordofan is restricted for journalists, aid workers and others, making verification of claims by both sides difficult.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) insurgents said they had killed dozens of government troops - including several officers - in fighting Friday and Saturday around Abu Doma mountain, south of the rail town of Abu Zabad.

But Sudan's army spokesperson, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, told AFP there had only been "a little battle" around the mountain about a week ago and government forces were pursuing the rebels in various parts of the state.

JEM occupied Abu Zabad, which is just over the border in North Kordofan state, for several hours on 17 November.

JEM, originally from the western Darfur region, has been supporting Sudan People's Liberation Army-North rebels in South Kordofan since shortly after an uprising began there in 2011, analysts say.

Both groups belong to an alliance aiming to topple the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime and install a government more representative of the country's diversity.



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