Chad claims rebels advance towards capital

A Sudanese-backed Chadian rebel column has advanced deep into Chad towards the capital, Ndjamena, in the west, the government said in a statement broadcast by state media on Thursday.

A separate security source in Ndjamena said the column of about 300 vehicles had passed through the town of Ati and halted 250km east of Ndjamena when a Chadian army column advanced to confront it.

European Union peacekeepers are due to deploy to eastern Chad in the coming weeks to protect hundreds of thousands of refugees from violence spilling over Chad’s border with Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.

Chad and Sudan accuse each other of supporting rebel groups in their respective territories, though each denies it.

Chad’s government said in its statement the rebels had moved into the town of Oum Hadjer, more than 500km east of Ndjamena, on Wednesday, after crossing the border from Sudan earlier this week.

But the security source, who asked not be named, said the rebel column had already advanced nearer the capital.

”They’ve passed Ati, they are now west of Ati and they’ve halted,” the source said.

”There is a Chadian army column in front of them and there are other Chadian forces between them and the capital.”

Chadian army units stepped up patrols on the streets of Ndjamena, a witness said.

France’s embassy closed the French school in Ndjamena and advised its citizens to limit their movements in the city, Radio France International reported.

The United States embassy advised Americans to avoid all travel to eastern Chad and to limit all non-essential movements in Ndjamena itself. — Reuters

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

The Opera Virgin attends ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Opening one’s mind to new artistic disciplines could provide enlightenment to glorious new pursuits.

What’s behind the vulture poisonings in Kruger and Chobe parks?

People poison vultures for various reasons, including a belief that they can see into the future and to stop authorities from being alerted to poaching

Kenya’s Ruto declared president-elect amid results chaos

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49%) in the August 9 vote, against 6.94 million (48.85%t) for his rival Raila Odinga.

Kenya vote chief declares Ruto president-elect

The deputy president has been declared the winner of the close-fought election, despite several commissioners rejecting the results

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…