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Chad troops, rebels clash

2010-04-24 21:38

Khartoum - Deadly clashes erupted between Chadian troops and rebels on Chad's side of the border with Sudan on Saturday, the rebels' leader said.

"There was ground fighting this morning in Tissi. Things are calm now and we are awaiting their aircraft," said Popular Front for National Renaissance (PFNR) chief Adoum Yacoub of the likelihood of an air raid.

"There were casualties on both sides," said Yacoub in Khartoum by satellite telephone without elaborating on the number of casualties.

The PFNR is the only Chadian rebel movement currently operating inside the country, with others grouped across the border in Sudan.

At the beginning of April, Chadian mediator Abderaman Moussa met rebel representatives in Sudan, and it was agreed to meet again in the first half of May.

"We were not associated with those discussions," Yacoub said on Saturday.