un soldiers speak to ouattara forces.jpgRebels in Sudan’s Darfur Province say they have released 49 African peacekeepers they accused of entering their territory without permission.

The rebels who are from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), say they are keeping three other people they suspect of being Sudanese Security Agents.

The joint UN-African Union Peace Mission (UNAMID) said the three are a Yemeni policeman and two Sudanese translators.

He says JEM has accused UNAMID of supporting a reserve police force which JEM accuses of carrying out atrocities in Darfur.

Two million people are in refugee camps after nine years of conflict in Darfur.

The UN estimates that more than 300 thousand people have died in Darfur, mostly from disease, since rebels took up arms in 2003.