The U.N. World Food Program, WFP, says it has suspended food convoys to Sudan's strife-torn western Darfur region after rebels attacked a village in nearby West Kordofan and government forces retaliated.

A U.N. statement says the WFP halted three convoys of 70 trucks carrying food aid intended for Darfur after what it called a major attack by the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army, SLA, against the market town of Ghubaysh Monday.

The statement says the attack, which prompted retaliation from Sudanese forces, follows a series of clashes in Darfur between government troops, allied militias and rebel groups.

Sudan's government and Darfur rebels recently suspended talks after trading charges of cease-fire violations.