July 3, 2006

Darfur rebel alliance declares truce over

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A new alliance of Darfur rebel
commanders and political parties have attacked a town on the
road to the capital Khartoum, declaring a 27-month-old truce
dead, rebels and officials said on Monday.

One of three rebel factions signed an African
Union-mediated peace deal in May but since then new alliances
have been formed among those who reject the deal, saying it
does not meet their basic demands.

"The forces of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)
attacked a town in North Kordofan called Hamrat al-Sheikh,"
said a spokesman for the Sudan armed forces. "Sudanese planes
have been deployed and the aggression is continuing," he added.