Sudan's army has begun a massive operation to wipe out rebel bases in Darfur's far north, two Darfur rebel factions said on Wednesday.
The army attacked with more than 200 vehicles in Wadi Atron, near the Sudanese-Libyan border on Tuesday and took control of areas which had for years been under the control of rebels who want more autonomy for the region.
"They came with more than 200 vehicles and killed seven people," commander Suleiman Marajan told Reuters from Darfur. He is from the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction led by founder Abdel Wahed Mohamed el-Nur.
The army spokesman declined to immediately comment. One army source confirmed there were operations under way but could not give details.
The North Darfur operation follows a rare visit to Darfur by the minister of defence and the head of the intelligence services last week.
Unity is one of the largest Darfur rebel groups and was one of the few factions to say they were ready to go to peace talks. A joint U.N.-African Union mediator has been appointed and was expected to take up his new position on Aug. 1, based in Darfur.
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