The Chadian army says that in the last two days it has killed “several hundred” rebels in the west of the country. In that region last month, recently re-elected President Déby was mortally injured when visiting the front line. On the side of the army, six people would have died.
The military council, which has ruled the country since Déby‘s death, claims to have rejected an offensive by the rebels at the western village of Nokou. “The search for the last fugitives continues,” said the military. Several dozen members of the Fact rebel group from northern Libya would have been captured.
The council of generals is led by Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, the son of the killed president. The army has proclaimed a transitional period of 18 months. Thereafter, it is planned to organise ‘free, democratic elections‘, but the rebels reject Déby’s authority and continue the fight in the desert.
Hundreds of protesters arrested
The Chadian opposition also rejects the military council and calls for a coup. In the Central African country, according to the United Nations, more than 700 people have been arrested in demonstrations against the government. According to eyewitnesses, on Tuesday, demonstrators in the country‘s two largest cities, N’Djamena and Moundou.
The conflict in Chad could have major consequences for the region. Chad has an important role in the international fight against jihadists in the Sahel region.