Dozens killed in Sudan fighting

May 26, 2009 at 12:37 AM
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KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 26 (UPI) -- Intense fighting between Sudan army troops and rebel forces during the weekend left dozens of combatants dead, a military spokesman said.

Sudanese army spokesman Osman al-Agbash said Monday 20 government soldiers and about 43 Justice and Equality Movement rebels died, the Sudan Tribune reported.

Meanwhile, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur Monday condemned the fighting taking place in and around the town of Umm Baru, the United Nations said in news release.

UNAMID chief Rodolphe Adada urged all parties to the Darfur conflict to seek a peaceful resolution to their differences.

UNAMID said about 350 civilians and 100 unarmed Sudanese soldiers and members of the pro-government faction Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi have refuge near the UNAMID camp.

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