Battle of Malakal

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Battle of Malakal
Part of the Second Sudanese Civil War aftermath
Image:Malakal locator map.svg
Location of Malakal in Sudan
Date November 27 - November 29 2006
Location Malakal, Sudan
Result Ceasefire
Combatants
Image:Flag of Sudan.svg Military of Sudan,
allied militias
Image:Flag of the SPLAM.svg Sudan People's Liberation Army
Commanders
Gabriel Tang Unknown
Casualties
about 150 dead [1]

The Battle of Malakal occurred at the end of November 2006 in the southern Sudanese town of Malakal. The clashes between Sudanese government forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army were the most serious breach of a 2005 deal to end the Second Sudanese Civil War.

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[edit] Battle

What started as a clash between a northern militia led by Major General Gabriel Tang and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) former rebels escalated when the militia took shelter in a Sudanese army garrison. The garrison was besieged and then the SPLA stormed the base.

The next day the Sudanese army returned and following tank battles and the shelling of parts of Malakal town, inflicting high civilian casualties. Fighting escalated into full trench warfare between the northern Sudanese Armed Forces and the SPLA. [2]

High-level delegations from the capital, Khartoum, and the southern capital, Juba, as well as UN peacekeepers have been sent to defuse the situation and a ceasefire has been agreed, with all forces returning to their original positions.

[edit] Aftermath

At least 300 people were killed in clashes between Sudan's army and former rebels in the south early in December 2006, aid workers say. [3]

Corpses of people killed during heavy clashes have contaminated part of the Nile river, which civilians were depending on for drinking water, the U.N. said.

[edit] Reactions

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "deeply concerned" over clashes that flared in the southern town of Malakal.

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