Darfur clashes lead to 160 deaths

Clashes between Sudan’s army and Darfur’s most powerful rebel group have left more than 160 people dead, officials said.

Clashes between Sudan’s army and Darfur’s most powerful rebel group have left more than 160 people dead, officials said.

Army spokesman Captain Khalid al-Sawarmi said that government troops killed 108 fighters from the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in the Jebel Moon area of western Darfur.

Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported that government forces also battled JEM rebels near Nyala in south Darfur.

SUNA quotes senior police official Mohamed Abdul Magid al-Tayeb as saying 27 police and 33 rebels were killed in those clashes.

JEM confirmed the south Darfur violence in a statement.

The rebels broke off talks with the government on a permanent peace deal two weeks ago, accusing the military of conducting a new Darfur offensive.

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