Sudan troops battle Darfur rebels for strategic area

Sudanese Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on November 9, 2014Sudanese government forces and rebels have been battling for control of a strategic area in the war-torn Darfur region, the two sides say, giving conflicting reports on developments there. In the latest operation to end the conflict in Darfur, the army said late Thursday its troops had driven insurgents out of the Fanga area in the Jebel Marra region, killing at least 50 rebels and destroying 50 vehicles. Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad said regular troops and the controversial Rapid Support Force counter-insurgency unit had pushed back “the remnants of the rebels from the Fanga area east of Jabal Marra,” according to state news agency SUNA. “The Fanga area surrounds the road linking Nyala and El Fasher,” Darfur’s main towns, Saad said.

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