Sudan army attacks rebel stronghold

News Brief from ISN Security Watch:

Sudanese and UN troops have entered rebel territory in southern Sudan and are threatening to evict opposition forces there, news agencies reported.

Some 3,000 Sudanese soldiers entered the town of Hamesh Koreb on Wednesday to take up position against the former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), reports said.

The move comes only a week before peace negotiations were set to begin.

Rebels told reporters that at least two children were killed in the aircraft and artillery attacks by the Sudanese army forces.

Peace talks are due to start in Libya next week between the government and rebels. The rebels accused the government of discrimination.