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Sudan, Chad Argue over Attacks

Sudan and Chad have exchanged accusations over a recent flare-up between the two African countries.
 
Khartoum accuses Chad of sending three warplanes to bomb western Sudan’s Darfur region on Friday and that an infantry force has penetrated the border.
 
The Sudanese government said on Saturday that it reserves the right to respond to what it called Chad’s unjustified, aggressive behavior. Khartoum accuses Chad of supporting rebel movements in Darfur.
 
On Saturday, Khartoum filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council calling the council to urge Chad to stop its attacks on Sudan.
 
The government of Chad is accusing Khartoum of arming Chadian rebels.
 
Tensions are rising between Chad and neighboring Sudan, as the European Union plans to deploy 4,000 troops to Chad and the Central African Republic to help deal with the influx of refugees from Darfur.
 
Chad says Sudan wishes to arm Chad rebels to hamper the work of the foreign forces.
 
The conflict in Sudan, which began in early 2003, has so far caused the deaths of more than 200,000 people.
 
The Sudanese government is being accused of unleashing aggressive armed groups called the Janjaweed against the people of Darfur.
 
The conflict has also caused many Darfur residents to flee to neighboring countries, especially to Chad and the Central African Republic.
 
In a separate development in Sudan, dozens were killed over the weekend in border clashes between northern and southern Sudan.
 
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the south said they were attacked by Sudanese armed forces from the north. However, the latter deny any role in these attacks and said the clashes were between the SPLM’s armed wing and a nomadic tribe called Misiriyya.
 
A peace deal signed in 2005 between north and south Sudan ended the country’s civil war, in which nearly two million people have died. However, both sides have accused each other of violating the ceasefire and dragging their feet over implementing the accord.