ICC NOTE: Once again, the Khartoum government breaks their promises of peace with Darfur . Since 2003, almost two million people have had to flee their communities in search of safety.
Army attack breaks Darfur truce
July 29 2006
The United Nations and African Union have condemned the Sudanese army and Janjaweed militias for attacking rebels in Darfur ‘s Jebel Moon area.
They denounced the government violation of a May peace agreement and expressed concern for the safety of civilians.
This is the first time since the peace deal that the Sudanese army has been confirmed as fighting in Darfur .
The attack was against the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, (JEM) which did not sign the deal.
Some 2m people have fled their homes in Darfur since conflict began in 2003, and tens of thousands of people are reported to have been killed in ongoing violence.
An assortment of armed groups that remained outside of the peace agreement, including Chadian elements, are known to be taking shelter in the Jebel Moon mountains.
The attack is confirmation that Darfur’s conflict has changed in nature, the BBC’s Jonah Fisher reports from Sudan .
The SLM Minnawi has launched a wide-ranging offensive against their former rebel allies and supporters, leaving at least 80 people killed and thousands displaced.
JEM spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said the Sudanese government was systematically attacking groups who had refused to sign for peace.
SLM Minnawi was the main rebel group in the Darfur conflict, and the only one that signed the deal on 5 May with the Sudanese government.