Sudanese army has disclosed that 938 soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)– South Sudan‘s army– and Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) were killed during battles of restoration of Higlieg oil area, Khartoum’s Al Sudani daily reported Sunday.
“The Sudanese army has managed to kill 938 soldiers and dispersed seven battalions of the SPLA and JEM; and arrested many of their commanders during the battles of restoration of Higlieg,” Maj. General Kamal Abdul-Marouf, Sudanese army commander who led Higlieg battle, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“The Sudanese armed forces have led fierce hand battles with the enemy inside the town to avoid harming oil facilities with fire arms,” he added, noting that the Sudanese army has confiscated most of the weapons used by the SPLA during the battle.
The Sudanese government on Friday announced liberation of the oil-rich area of Higlieg which had been seized by the SPLA.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that the Sudanese army has “forcibly” restored Higlieg area, insisting that South Sudan forces have fled and not voluntarily withdrawn as South Sudan government claimed.
In a related development, Al Ray Al Am daily reported that Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned representative of the International Committee