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Rebels claim a victory against Sudan's Army in Darfur clash

It is the second clash between rebels and the Army in the past week. A 26,000-strong UN peacekeeping force is to be deployed in January

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Rebels in the Darfur region of Sudan Sunday attacked a Sudanese Army convoy near the border with Chad and claim they defeated two battalions of soldiers in the clash, something the authorities denied. This is the second clash between rebels and the Army in the past week in Sudan. A 26,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force is due to be deployed in January in hopes of stopping the violence in the war-torn region.

The rebels claimed to have captured 29 soldiers, 32 vehicles, and a number of heavy weapons, reports the British Broadcasting Corp. "Sudan's army confirmed a clash outside el-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, but denied suffering heavy losses."

This is the second time in a week that [Justice and Equality Movement] Jem rebels have said they have inflicted a heavy defeat on government troops, the BBC's Adam Mynott reports from Nairobi.
They said their forces had attacked an army garrison in Kordofan in central Sudan last Tuesday.
Again, the Sudanese government denied the claims.
A rebel report that they had taken over a Chinese-run oil field was denied by the Chinese embassy in Khartoum, which did, however, confirm there had been fighting.

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