Rebels claim to kill 700 soldiers

08 December 2003
Sudanese rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), on 7 December said that it had killed about 700 government troops in the western Darfur region on 5 December. The alleged incident took place near the Abu Gamra dam, some 45 kilometres north of Kebkabiya, in the north of the region. 'The government were on a major offensive going to Tina, but we cut them off at the dam,' said chairman of the JEM, Khalil Ibrahim. 'About 5,000-6,000 government troops and militia were in the battle... We killed about 700 of them.' Ibrahim added that at least 17 JEM troops had been killed in the fighting.

JEM on 23 November announced that it had released the nine locally employed Medair aid workers kidnapped on 11 November (MEED 24:11:03).

The latest fighting between the JEM and government troops comes days after a delegation from the Sudan People's Liberation Army traveled to Khartoum on a 'good will' visit - the first of its kind since the outbreak of the civil war over 20 years ago.

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