According to the Sudanese Government, the city of Sali has been taken over by the army. Sali is the stronghold of the SPLA in the Blue Nile region. The Sudanese Government claims that the battle had only lasted 12 hours and it was an easy victory. However, the leader of the SPLA in the city of Sali claims that the Sudanese army has not even yet entered Sali and that three Sudanese helicopters have been brought down in the fighting, according to them the battle is not yet over. The fact that fighting is occuring is evidence of the fighting and escalating violence in the southern part of Sudan.