rebels that crossed the border from Sudan into Chad have been seen
around several towns in the east but have not advanced on the capital
N’djamena, where shops remain open and most people are going about
business as usual.
Chadian government spokesperson Mahamat
Hissene said in a statement on 16 June that the rebels had been held up
by floods as they made their way across the vast, desert country and
some of them had been forced to turn back.
However the Chadian
government said in a statement on 17 June that the rebel columns, which
were first spotted in the east on 11 June, have been joined by regular
Sudanese army soldiers and two Sudanese helicopters that have bombarded
Chadian positions 1,000 km east of N’djamena, close to the border with
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on 17 June that
it has temporarily suspended operations in eastern Chad, but the UN has
not launched a full evacuation as it did when the capital was attacked
by rebels in February.
Chadian President Idriss Deby, who
earlier in the month declined to meet a UN Security Council delegation
visiting N’djamena, on 16 June blasted the international community for
not coming to his aid in a nationally broadcasted address.
many arms are being used, too much blood spilled, too many lives lost
without the African or international community being moved,” he said.
African Union and the United Nations Security Council have both
condemned the incursions into Chadian territory and urged the Chadian
government and the rebels to respect the terms of previously mediated