JEM Clashes Intensify in Sudan

May 17, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A rebel Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) fighter stands at his base near the Chad border in the Darfur region of Sudan on Sept. 7, 2004, in Misterei, Sudan. Violence between Jem and the Sudanese forces escalated this past weekend. (Scott Nelson/Getty Images)
A rebel Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) fighter stands at his base near the Chad border in the Darfur region of Sudan on Sept. 7, 2004, in Misterei, Sudan. Violence between Jem and the Sudanese forces escalated this past weekend. (Scott Nelson/Getty Images)
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.