‘Fierce battle near Thur, Central Darfur, kills 29 government troops’: SLA-AW

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The Sudan Liberation Army - Abdel Wahid (SLA-AW) has claimed to have killed 29 government troops and seized seven fuel tankers with a capacity of 250 barrels in a fierce battle with government forces south of the Thur area, Central Darfur on Monday.

SLA-AW military spokesman Mustapha Tambour, told Radio Dabanga from the field that the rebel forces clashed on Monday with a government convoy of 92 fuel tankers and other trucks loaded with food supplies and military equipment. It was on its way from Nyala to Zalingei.

He said the battle lasted for four hours. “The SLA-AW troops defeated the government contingent, destroying one military truck and two Land Cruisers. The remaining SAF fled to Nertiti locality and Nyama.”

Tambour said that 15 minutes after the battle, "the Sudanese Air Force dropped 16 incendiary bombs, targeting civilian gatherings. An Antonov dropped three bombs on Golol primary school and other bombs on the area between Thur and Golol,” Tambour said.

“The bombardments caused the displacement of large numbers of civilians from the area of Golol towards Thur area and towards territory controlled by the SLA-AW movement,” he concluded.

Radio Dabanga was unable to independently verify these reports.

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