Thirteen rebels affirmed their loyalty to the Chad government in ceremony in Fort Lamy on Saturday (28 November).
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Background: Thirteen rebels affirmed their loyalty to the Chad government in ceremony in Fort Lamy on Saturday (28 November). The rebels, led by Haroun Daniel, surrendered to President Francois Tombalbaye's government following discussions which began with government authorities in September.
The rebels, who came from a group operating in the south west part of Chad, decided to surrender following the death of their original leader, a government communique declared. In the wake of the leader's death, dissensions within the rebel group produced a climate sufficient to allow talks with the authorities to begin, the communique reported.
During the ceremony in the Government Palace in Fort Lamy, the rebels listened to an address by Chad's Minister of the Interior. Following his remarks, the rebels handed in their weapons to government officials.
On Monday (30 November), it was reported that two soldiers of the French Foreign Legion were killed and 15 wounded while routing rebels in weekend fighting. he rebels were reported to have lost 40 men in the northern Cha fighting.
It was said that the fighting reached its peak on Saturday night after French and local government troops had fought day-long skirmishes against Chad National Liberation Front (FROLINAT) rebels. The reports said the rebels lost their 40 men when the French swept the area around Fada in the northeastern corner of the country on Sunday (29 November).
About 2,370 French soldiers are serving in Chad in support of President Tombalbaye's government. Early in October, they lost 11 killed in an ambush -- their worst casualties of the civil war.