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In pictures: Street battle in Mali
Rare images from the town of Gao where Malian and French troops fought a fierce battle with rebels.
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2013 13:58

On the night of February 20, gunshots and explosions rang throughout the night in Mali's northern town of Gao. The Malian military said that the checkpoint leading to Bourem had been attacked - the very same checkpoint that saw two suicide bomb attacks in the past two weeks.

The next morning, members of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a radical rebel group with links to al-Qaeda, had taken over the mayor's office and city hall, and engaged in a fierce firefight with the Malian and French military. The ensuing battle lasted for five hours in the downtown Gao area.

The battle was the second one to rock Gao since the French military intervened last month to drive out al-Qaeda linked groups from the region.

France intervened in its former West African colony on January 11 to stop a southward offensive by the rebels who seized control of vast swaths of the north in April last year.

While things have calmed down in Gao in the days after, it's almost certain that the rebels are regrouping in neighbouring towns that have not been yet secured by Malian and French forces, preparing for more guerrilla-style attacks.  

For now, the residents of Gao are holding their breath.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
A soldier reloads his weapon during street battles between the rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. The streets of Mali's biggest northern town were paralysed by fighting after members of MUJAO took over the mayor's office and city hall.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
Members of the Malian army and press take cover as fire comes towards them from the rebels in Gao. The two forces traded fire for roughly 5 hours in the downtown Gao area last Thursday.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
A Malian soldier fires at the rebels in Gao. Reports suggest that the rebels recruiting child soldiers at religious schools to bolster their numbers, and Gao's Mayor Sadou Diallo has put the number of recruited students between 200 to 300. 


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
A soldier prepares his rocket launcher during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. France has announced its intentions recalls its troops from Mali in March.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
A rebel's body is picked up to be disposed by Malian military after militant rebels and Malian and French forces fought street battles last Wednesday, in Gao. 13 Chadian soldiers died in clashes in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
Gao's market lies in ruins after the fighting. The stalls of many local merchants were destroyed, undermining their livelihoods. The town has also suffered from two suicide bombings during the last month.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
The guardian of the Hotel Atlantide de Gao surveys the damage done to the hotel after the street battles. The attacks in Gao speak to the combat experience of the rebel fighters, foreshadowing the long road ahead to restoring government control to northern Mali.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
Malian soldiers pack away munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from radical rebels at the French army base in Gao. French and Chadian forces clashed with rebels in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali on 22 February 2013, where at least 65 rebels and 13 Chadian soldiers were killed in their ongoing effort to regain control of northern Mali.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
A Malian Tuareg soldier points to munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from rebels at the French army base in Gao. The French have been cooperating with the pro-autonomy Tuaregs to fight off rebels seeking to make Mali into an Islamic state.


Tanya Bindra /Al Jazeera
Munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from the rebels are displayed at the French army base in Gao.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
A Malian soldier takes cover during street battles between rebel fighters and French and Malian forces in Gao.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.



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A soldier reloads his weapon during street battles between the rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. The streets of Mali's biggest northern town were paralysed by fighting after members of MUJAO took over the mayor's office and city hall.

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A soldier reloads his weapon during street battles between the rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. The streets of Mali's biggest northern town were paralysed by fighting after members of MUJAO took over the mayor's office and city hall.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=01Zj2d4gdBdX6

Members of the Malian army and press take cover as fire comes towards them from the rebels in Gao. The two forces traded fire for roughly 5 hours in the downtown Gao area last Thursday.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=01Zj2d4gdBdX6Tanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Members of the Malian army and press take cover as fire comes towards them from the rebels in Gao. The two forces traded fire for roughly 5 hours in the downtown Gao area last Thursday.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=05pI7nV0Rtcvw

A Malian soldier fires at the rebels in Gao. Reports suggest that the rebels recruiting child soldiers at religious schools to bolster their numbers, and Gao's Mayor Sadou Diallo has put the number of recruited students between 200 to 300. 

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=05pI7nV0RtcvwTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A Malian soldier fires at the rebels in Gao. Reports suggest that the rebels recruiting child soldiers at religious schools to bolster their numbers, and Gao's Mayor Sadou Diallo has put the number of recruited students between 200 to 300. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0b5e2fGeRCf82

A soldier prepares his rocket launcher during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. France has announced its intentions recalls its troops from Mali in March.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0b5e2fGeRCf82Tanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A soldier prepares his rocket launcher during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao. France has announced its intentions recalls its troops from Mali in March.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=06jgatW6mq0ta

A rebel's body is picked up to be disposed by Malian military after militant rebels and Malian and French forces fought street battles last Wednesday, in Gao. 13 Chadian soldiers died in clashes in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=06jgatW6mq0taTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A rebel's body is picked up to be disposed by Malian military after militant rebels and Malian and French forces fought street battles last Wednesday, in Gao. 13 Chadian soldiers died in clashes in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0ea42Uf6nU5Mu

Gao's market lies in ruins after the fighting. The stalls of many local merchants were destroyed, undermining their livelihoods. The town has also suffered from two suicide bombings during the last month.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0ea42Uf6nU5MuTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Gao's market lies in ruins after the fighting. The stalls of many local merchants were destroyed, undermining their livelihoods. The town has also suffered from two suicide bombings during the last month.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0fk33XD7OVbMs

The guardian of the Hotel Atlantide de Gao surveys the damage done to the hotel after the street battles. The attacks in Gao speak to the combat experience of the rebel fighters, foreshadowing the long road ahead to restoring government control to northern Mali.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0fk33XD7OVbMsTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The guardian of the Hotel Atlantide de Gao surveys the damage done to the hotel after the street battles. The attacks in Gao speak to the combat experience of the rebel fighters, foreshadowing the long road ahead to restoring government control to northern Mali.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=02nZ0nU6Ue0BY

Malian soldiers pack away munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from radical rebels at the French army base in Gao. French and Chadian forces clashed with rebels in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali on 22 February 2013, where at least 65 rebels and 13 Chadian soldiers were killed in their ongoing effort to regain control of northern Mali.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=02nZ0nU6Ue0BYTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Malian soldiers pack away munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from radical rebels at the French army base in Gao. French and Chadian forces clashed with rebels in the Adrar Des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali on 22 February 2013, where at least 65 rebels and 13 Chadian soldiers were killed in their ongoing effort to regain control of northern Mali.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=074Bg5J4nZ5YT

A Malian Tuareg soldier points to munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from rebels at the French army base in Gao. The French have been cooperating with the pro-autonomy Tuaregs to fight off rebels seeking to make Mali into an Islamic state.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=074Bg5J4nZ5YTTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A Malian Tuareg soldier points to munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from rebels at the French army base in Gao. The French have been cooperating with the pro-autonomy Tuaregs to fight off rebels seeking to make Mali into an Islamic state.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0e6682g07M0Iy

Munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from the rebels are displayed at the French army base in Gao.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0e6682g07M0IyTanya Bindra Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Munition, weapons and paraphernalia seized by Malian and French forces from the rebels are displayed at the French army base in Gao.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=09GucOp2p1fqK

A Malian soldier takes cover during street battles between rebel fighters and French and Malian forces in Gao.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=09GucOp2p1fqKTanya BindraAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A Malian soldier takes cover during street battles between rebel fighters and French and Malian forces in Gao.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0eFU7hD01j4gD

Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0eFU7hD01j4gDTanya BindraAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0aTI8CV3kW1BU

Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Gao-Fighting?image_id=0aTI8CV3kW1BUTanya BindraAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Malian soldiers advance amid a cloud of smoke during street battles between rebels and French and Malian forces in Gao.



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