Rebels strike oil facilities in Darfour

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Rebels have succeeded in attacking a Sudanese oil facility in the war-torn province of Darfour.

A rebel group has taken responsibility for an attack on Dec. 18 on an oil pumping station in southern Darfour. The facility was located in Sharif and was the first by Darfour rebels against Sudan's energy sector.

The Sudanese National Movement for the Eradication of Marginalization said it chose the facility because of the revenues produced by the oil sector, Middle East Newsline reported. Rebel groups have asserted that Sudan's oil sector which produces 320,000 barrels of oil per day has financed the military campaign in Darfour.

Sudanese officials have confirmed the attack, in which 15 people were said to have been killed. The officials said the strike did not shut down the facility.

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