SUDAN WATCH: Darfur rebels accuse Sudan of daily bombing

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Darfur rebels accuse Sudan of daily bombing

SAF searching for rebels who took Kornoi, N. Darfur at weekend.

Some tweets by Rob Crilly:
First impressions of N'djamena: blimey it's hot
12:00 PM May 12th from txt

First impressions of N'djamena: gosh what a lot of chinese people
12:03 PM May 12th from txt

Riding through N'Djamena on a motorbike is like putting your face in front of a big hairdryer on, erm, hot
6:58 AM May 13th from web

Heading east for Abeche tomorrow
11:31 AM May 14th from web

Gotta go. Silly 6pm UN curfew
9:55 AM May 15th from web

#darfur Bedding down for 3rd nigjht with JEM rebels in "liberated" North Darfur
10:54 AM May 20th from web

#darfur Watched antonov bombing to the south yesterday and it was back again this evening bombing to the north. hasn't spotted us
10:57 AM May 20th from web

#darfur Sleeping under the stars beside an AK47 (not mine)
12:38 PM May 20th from web

#darfur Antonov back at 6 am. Have small idea of fear they can bring
10:29 PM May 20th from web

#darfur More bombing. SAF searching for rebels who took Koarnoui at weekend
4:18 AM May 21st from web

Dawn chorus of bombing resumes. 5 days #darfur
10:39 PM May 21st from web

Making dash for the border #darfur
4:08 AM May 22nd from web

Safely in Bahai. Looking for car #darfur
4:43 AM May 22nd from web

On road to Tine, bruce on safari soundtrack. Stop for prayers #darfur
12:54 PM May 22nd from web

Kipping in police chief's spare room #darfur
1:10 PM May 22nd from web

Safely back in Abeche after a road trip to forget.
about 3 hours ago from web
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From Reuters Sunday, 24 May 2009 by Andrew Heavens in Khartoum - excerpt:
Darfur rebels accuse Sudan of daily bombing
Darfur rebels on Sunday accused Sudan's government of mounting daily bombing raids around their positions and said they were expecting another clash with state troops soon.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it had faced regular raids since its rebel forces seized the strategic town of Kornoi last weekend in North Darfur, the scene of a recent surge in fighting and growing tensions with neighbour Chad.

U.N. sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they had received unconfirmed reports of aerial attacks in territory around the settlements of Tina, Kornoi and Umm Baru, all along a key road that leads northwest to a crossing point into Chad.

No one from Sudan's armed forces was immediately available to comment.

"There is a government Antonov over my head right now," said senior JEM commander Suleiman Sandal, speaking to Reuters by satellite phone on Sunday morning.

"They have been bombing every day. They bomb randomly. Yesterday we were bombed by Migs," he said.
It was unclear how many casualties there were.

Sandal said his commanders had heard Sudanese government troops were heading towards them, from El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

"More fighting is imminent. But we are ready for anything that comes," he said.

Air attacks in Darfur are banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions and a series of failed ceasefires, but Khartoum has in the past reserved the right to attack JEM and other rebels who did not sign a 2006 Darfur peace deal.  [...] (Editing by Andrew Roche)


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