Combatants of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) reportedly repulsed attacks by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and allied militias on areas in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, this morning. The SAF spokesman described the claim as “false”, reporting that the Sudanese regular forces repulsed a rebel attack in El Buram locality.

The fighting in the areas of Lofo in Kadugli locality and El Ehemer in El Buram locality took place between 5.15 am and 8 am, SPLM-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi reported in a press statement issued today (Monday). “Our forces followed the enemy up to their trenches, and inflicted heavy casualties on them.”

According to the rebel spokesman, the attacks came after the press conference by President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday, in which he rejected any temporary cessation of hostilities with the rebels. Lodi stressed that the SPLM-N is convinced that the “National Congress Party regime” is not serious about any peaceful settlement. It “is only buying time for military preparations”. As “we know it’s their start of dry season offensive, our forces remain in high alert and [are] committed to defend themselves and the civilians”. […]