Fresh Darfur clashes reported

2010-11-04 15:06

Nairobi/Khartoum - Clashes between Sudanese government troops and rebels have flared up again in Darfur, the Sudan Tribune reported on Thursday, following months of relative calm in the violence- plagued western region.

Fighters affiliated with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and government soldiers reportedly exchanged gunfire in Khor Taan, located 50 km east of the southern Dafur state capital Nyala.

While a JEM spokesperson spoke of an attack by the soldiers, a police statement accused the rebels of ambushing a civilian convoy that was being escorted by the troops.

Details about casualties were not immediately available, although the JEM spokesperson told the Sudan Tribune that three of its fighters had been slightly injured.

A day earlier, Sudanese security troops in the capital Khartoum had arrested a journalist stemming from Darfur. At the end of October, several members of a human rights organisation and another journalist from Darfur had also been detained.

The conflict in Darfur has pitted rebels from the mostly African population against militia of Arabic descent supported by the Sudanese government since 2004.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

The United Nations estimates that at least 300 000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict.