16 May 2010

Capture of rebel stronghold claimed in Darfur

8:00 am on 16 May 2010

The military in Sudan says it has seized control of a rebel stronghold in the Jebel Moon area in Darfur.

Rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement, known as JEM, signed a preliminary peace deal with the government in Khartoum earlier this year, but have since pulled out of further talks.

However, a senior JEM official told the BBC his men withdrew from the area three weeks ago, to redeploy as mobile units.

The BBC reports says the Darfur conflict has flared up in the last few weeks. Rebels now appear to be dispersed in small groups throughout the area.

According to the United Nations, some 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur and more than 2.6 million displaced since 2003.