26 January 2009
KHARTOUM - At least 17 people may have died in Sudan’s western Darfur region earlier this month in a battle between rebels and fighters allied to the government, United Nations peacekeepers said.
A further 27 people were injured in clashes between the renegade Justice and Equality Movement and a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army led by Mini Minawi that took place near Muhajiriya on Jan. 15, Noureddine Mezni, spokesman for the United Nations-led mission in Darfur, or Unamid, said by phone yesterday. The figures were provided by an unidentified non- governmental organization and haven’t been confirmed, he said.
JEM spokesman El-Tahir El-Faki said those killed in Muhajiriya died as a result of a government aerial assault on the town nine days later and not on Jan. 15, when fighting with Minawi’s forces resulted in two deaths.