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Chad military claims victory in battle with rebels that led to President Deby's death

May 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ZIGUEY, CHAD - APRIL 19: Chadian Army members are seen during an operation against rebels in Ziguey, Kanem Region, Chad on April 19, 2021. The Chadian army announced late Sunday that it has killed more than 300 rebels in the northern part of the Central African country. The rebels were from The Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), the military said in a press release. (Photo by Abdoulaye Adoum Mahamat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Chad's military claimed victory on Sunday in its weeks-long battle with northern rebels that led to the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield.

(CNN)Chad's military claimed victory on Sunday in its weeks-long battle with northern rebels that led to the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield.

However, the rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) said it was not aware of an end to the fighting.

The transitional military authorities have previously said they have defeated the rebels only for clashes to continue.

On Saturday, security forces fired tear gas to disperse a protest against the ruling military council.

The council, led by Deby's son Mahamat Idriss Itno, seized power after Deby's death, promising to oversee an 18-month transition to elections.

The military council had given permission for a protest on Sunday.

Former colonial ruler France, which has a military presence in Chad and was a long-term backer of Deby, initially signalled its strong support for the council but has since called for a civilian national unity government.

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