Sudan has sent troop reinforcements to the conflict torn Blue Nile where rebels have been locked in clashes with government forces.
According to the local Sudanese media on Friday, the decision to send in the troops was made on Thursday with members of the Battalion 191 already in the region’s capital Ed Damazin as preparations are made for two more battalions to join the first one.
Reports quoting unnamed military sources in Khartoum suggested that the presence of more troops in the area is part of a general drive by the embattled government to improve the security situation there as rebels reportedly threaten civilians suspected of regime sympathies.
The reports also quoted sources indicating that fighting between the Sudanese army and the insurgents has been taking place in the border town of El Kurmuk, 230km south of Damazin with fighter jets flying overhead in pursuit of the rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).
Source African Press Agency
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