Sudan Strike Breaks Treaty

Army attack on town may signal wider blitz; 'serious risk of going beyond Darfur'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2007 7:37 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Sudan's military struck a Darfur village today, torching half of it and casting October peace talks into crisis. The attack also hit the sole Sudanese Liberation Army faction to sign a truce in 2006. "If they really wanted peace and negotiations they would not be attacking our areas," says a spokesman for the faction. "We consider this a very serious development."

The strike may be an extension of yesterday’s attack on the town of Haskanita, which killed 105, Reuters reports. Other factions claim that government forces are about to continue the blitz in North Darfur rebel zones near Chad. "These reports when you put them together ... there is a serious risk of the Darfur situation going beyond Darfur," says a UN official.