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Sudan Official Says Rebels Attack Western Town

A Sudanese security official said Tuesday rebels in west Sudan were repelled when they attacked a strategic town but a rebel group denied there had been an offensive, saying the town was already in their hands. The government and rebels in Darfur have both accused the other of violating a cease-fire deal reached in April. The latest reported violence comes on the day the first batch of African Union (AU) truce monitors were due to arrive in the country. Although the government has moved close to a final deal on ending a conflict in the south of the oil-producing country, violence has continued to rage in the west, creating what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The security official told Reuters rebels launched an attack Tuesday morning on Ain Sirou, a town north of Kebkabiya which in turn sits on a major transport route running east to west through the Darfur region. Full Story

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