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Darfur rebels, Sudanese army clash near Khartoum

Opheera McDoom

Darfur rebels and Sudan's army fought heavy battles in the North Kordofan province near Khartoum on Saturday, a local government official and witnesses said. The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement said it was strengthening its forces in Kordofan but not attacking government troops -- to avoid causing civilian casualties.