Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Sudan rebels say they shelled state capital

29 October 2012, 16:13

Khartoum - Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region said on Sunday they had shelled a state capital, in a rare attack on the government stronghold where international peacekeepers are also based.

The government did not immediately comment on the report and the claim could not be immediately independently verified.

War has ravaged Darfur since rebels took up arms in 2003, complaining the central government had neglected the region. The United States and the International Criminal Court accuse Sudan's government of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

Conflict has continued despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping operation and many attempts to broker peace by the United States, Qatar and others.

On Saturday, insurgents fired Katyusha rockets and other heavy weapons at El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state, rebel spokesman Gibreel Adam Bilal said.

Bilal said the rebels aimed to destroy El Fasher's air base in retaliation for government air strikes and attacks by pro-government militias in northern Darfur.

"We cannot just keep in our areas waiting for the air force to attack us," he said.

Fighters from powerful rebel groups the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Army, loyal to Minni Minnawi, took part in the attack, Bilal said.

Sudanese newspaper al-Intibaha reported that three rockets landed about seven kilometres (four miles) west of El Fasher.

Gunfire reported

The African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which has its headquarters in El Fasher, said it had reports of gunfire near El Fasher, which it said was not unusual.

There were no casualties according to the reports, UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri said in an emailed statement.

A separate rebel group allied to the Darfur insurgents shelled the main city of the oil-producing South Kordofan state on Friday during a visit of Sudan's defence minister, rebels and residents said.

The United Nations and others have said hundreds of thousands of people may have died in the Darfur conflict. The government has put the toll at around 10 000.

Qatar brokered a deal between Khartoum and one rebel group last year, but the most powerful insurgents refused to join.

Instead, they announced an alliance with rebels in southern states on the border with South Sudan, which seceded last year.

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front, as the alliance is called, says it is committed to overthrowing Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Bashir and other officials for war crimes in Darfur, which they deny.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...