The conflict between the South Sudanese government and the rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), has yet to subside with the two clashing once more on July 23. The government stated that 50 rebels were killed as government forces pushed the rebels out of East Darfur. The rebels gave a conflicting account, stating that they captured towns near the Abu Jabra oilfield. The violence dates back to 2003 when the rebel group formed with the objective of pushing the government to change its policy toward Darfur. The JEM and later the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) have claimed that the Sudanese government has economically and socially marginalized the region of Western Sudan.

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