UN CONDEMNS REBEL ATTACKS IN CHAD


The United Nations Security Council has condemned an offensive by armed groups battling the Chadian government in the east of the country. It urged the rebels to stop fighting, saying “any attempt at destabilization of Chad by force is unacceptable”. Members also voiced concern at what it called external support for the rebels.

REBEL DARFURChad says nearly 250 have been killed in the last two days of fighting between its army and rebels from the Union of Resistance Forces (UFR). The Security Council’s statement expressed “concern at the external support received by Chadian armed groups”. The council did not specifically accused neighbouring Sudan of backing the rebels but it pointed the finger at Khartoum, the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan says.

Chad accuses Sudan of backing the rebels over the border from Darfur. Khartoum rejects the allegation. The council also urged the warring parties to respect the Doha peace agreement signed earlier this week. Earlier on Friday, Chad’s Communications Minister Mahamat Hissene said 225 rebels from the Union of Resistance Forces (UFR) had been killed in the last two days of fighting near the eastern town of Am Dam, the AFP news agency reported.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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