Violence is escalating between the Sudanese rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudanese police, two weeks after the suspension of peace negotiations.
On Friday, government troops raided a major Jem base in the region of Jebel Moon in western Darfur, capturing 61 rebels and killing 108, according to the Sudan Tribune.
On Thursday, Sudanese and Jem forces clashed near Nyala in south Darfur. The rebels captured and destroyed the 150-vehicle army convoy, according to the Tribune. Both sides say the other initiated the attack. Government officials reported that 27 police and 33 JEM members were killed in the clash, three were leaders.
JEM took up arms in 2003 to fight the Sudanese government’s perceived neglect of African citizens. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against non-Arab residents in Darfur.