DRDC - FRONTPAGE - Statement on the Renewed Military Confrontations in Darfur-29 May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017


Statement on the Renewed Military Confrontations in Darfur

The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre is concerned about the renewed military confrontations in Darfur between the security forces and militias loyal to the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the insurgent Sudan Liberation Movement–Minni Minawi (SLM–MM) and the SLM/Transitional Council led by Nimir Abdelrahman in South, East and North Darfur States since 19 May 2017. The renewed round of large-scale fighting, which continues to date marks an end to the unilateral ceasefire that had been declared by GoS and the Darfur insurgents several months ago and frequently renewed. There are different versions about the reality on the ground and the manner in which the fighting had erupted. GoS claimed that the insurgent groups entered Darfur from South Sudan and Libya while the insurgents maintained that their troops were stationed in areas under their control in Darfur and that they were in fact conducting internal movements for administrative purposes. It seems that the two protagonists inflicted heavy human and material losses on each other.

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