In a conflict unrelated to that between the SPLA and Khartoum in the south and east of Sudan, a newly-formed rebel group in the western Darfur region have seized a town in the Jebel Mara area and been involved in fierce fighting with government forces. The Front for the Liberation of Darfur claim that Khartoum is starving the poverty-stricken region of development projects. Darfur has long been the scene of ethnic unrest between rival tribes.