Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chad rebels at Ade

Chad accused Sudan's army of attacking Ade on its eastern border and blamed Sudan for Chadian rebel raids which have disrupted international aid operations . Ade is a frontier post in Chad's eastern Ouaddai region where Chadian rebels have attacked several towns in the last few days in a series of fast-moving hit-and-run raids.

The rebels fighting to topple Chadian President Idriss Deby said they had captured another eastern town, Am-Zoer, 70 km (40 miles) north west of Abeche. Abeche is the main hub of international aid operations in eastern Chad.

Chad described the rebels as Sudanese-backed "mercenaries."

"The Chadian army's reaction will be on a level with the impudence of the Sudanese regime," Chad's government said.

Spokesmen for the Chadian rebel National Alliance have said their ultimate objective is the capital N'Djamena, some 700 km (450 miles) to the west. Meanwhile, the United States moved all non-emergency staff from its embassy in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, to Cameroon. here

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