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SPLA, Israel accused of assisting Sudanese Darfur rebels

Sudanese officials have accused southern separatists and Israel of assisting rebels who attacked a city in west Sudan’s Darfur region last week, press reports said Monday. The government newspaper Al Anbaa said Southern States Coordination Council Chairmman Riek Gai accused John Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of sedition in Darfur. “The rebel movement (SPLA) is behind the recent events in al-Fasher,” Gai said in a statement Sunday. On Friday, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) said it had seized al-Fasher, capital of Northern Darfur state, but Khartoum rejected the claim, saying its forces had beaten back the rebel attack. Gai called the alleged SPLA aid to Darfur rebels “a hurdle in the peace process”. Several rounds of peace talks have been held in neighboring Kenya in a bid to end a 20-year civil war that pits the Khartoum government, representing mostly Islamic Arab northern Sudan, against the SPLA, based in the mainly Christian and animist south. North Darfur State Governor Ibrahim Suleiman accused both the SPLA and Israel of having a hand in recent events there, in an interview published Friday by the daily Akhbar Al-Youm. Full Story

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