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Arabic Media

October 12, 2023

Source: Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)
Headline: Clashes between Sudanese Army and Minnawi Group near Al Fasher

  • UN Mission in Khartoum reported clashes near Al Fasher between Minnawi group fighters and government forces.  The reasons for the clashes were unknown
  • UN withdrew its employees to Al Fasher and indicated that over 6,000 people sought refuge at an African Union camp following Muhajiria fighting on October 8
  • Sudanese Liberation Movement – Unity group indicated that the military and its allied militia were conducting an all out war in Darfur using war planes.  The group threatened to end its ceasefire commitment, to expand the fighting to other parts of Sudan, and to boycott peace talks in Libya
  • Minnawi group called for independent investigation of Haskanita and Muhajiria clashes

Source: Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)
Headline: Minnawi Group Calls for International Investigation of Muhajiria Attack and UN and AU Call for End of Clashes in Darfur

  • AU and UN called on Sudanese government and rebel groups to respect ceasefire immediately and to formally sign an agreement about ending all military actions during Libya peace talks
  • Egypt proposed a set of principles and priorities on all parties involved in Darfur crisis and called for flexibility during peace talks.  It also indicated that neighboring countries – Egypt, Libya, Chad, and Eritrea will participate in Libya talks to assist talks’ participants reach satisfactory results
  • In the meantime, Minnawi group called for international investigation of attacks on its stronghold Muhajiria, which killed 45 people.  It also reiterated the movement’s commitment to ceasefire, but demanded an end to government attacks

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: Khartoum Meeting to Prepare for Darfur peace talks in Libya

  • AU, UN, and Sudanese government, in addition to Libya, Egypt, and Eritrea met in Khartoum to put the last touches to peace talks in Libya between the Sudanese government and rebel groups which will take place at the end of the month
  • Participating countries called on all parties to end ongoing hostilities in Darfur and pave the way for peace talks
  • In the meantime, UN mission in Sudan announced new clashes between government forces and Minnawi group fighters near Tawila in Darfur.  The mission also indicated that about 6,000 sought refuge at an AU camp to flee the fighting near Muhajiria
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a report indicating that ongoing clashes in Darfur were having a negative impact on peace talks, and blamed Sudanese government’s stalling tactics for delaying hybrid force deployment

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