Sudan attacks rebels

03 November 2003
Khartoum admitted on 2 November that it had carried out air raids against rebels in western Sudan. According to armed forces spokesman Mohammed Bashir Suleiman, the Sudanese airforce attacked Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A - formally the Darfur Liberation Front) positions in the Darfur region, but said that the raids would not break the two-month old ceasefire. 'Since midday yesterday [1 November] we noticed suspicious movements of the armed groups belonging to the Justice and Equality group in - an area not covered by the ceasefire signed in Abeche with the SLM/A,' he said. 'The issue was resolved militarily through air strikes.'

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on 31 October that about 7,000 people have died as a result of fighting in western Sudan during the last eight months. A USAID official said that more than 600,000 people had been made homeless in the Darfur region since February and about 300 villages had been burnt to the ground (MEED 31:10:03).

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