Fighting in the Darfur region has recently intensified. On 7 December, Sudanese rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), said that it had killed about 700 government troops in the west of the 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 (MEED 11:12:03).