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Restrictions, poor equipment hinder Darfur peace mission

Restrictions by Sudan's government and the inadequate equipment of some peacekeepers in the Darfur region are hindering their ability to protect civilians and aid workers as violence increases, the UN chief says. Ban Ki-moon made the comments in a review of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which the UN Security Council ordered last July. AFP received a copy of Ban's report on Sunday as the peacekeepers reported a third major outbreak of violence had occurred across the vast region in recent days.

Restrictions, poor equipment hinder Darfur peace mission

Restrictions by Sudan's government and the inadequate equipment of some peacekeepers in the Darfur region are hindering their ability to protect civilians and aid workers as violence increases, the UN chief says. Ban Ki-moon made the comments in a review of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which the UN Security Council ordered last July. AFP received a copy of Ban's report on Sunday as the peacekeepers reported a third major outbreak of violence had occurred across the vast region in recent days.

Violence spreads in Sudan's Darfur

Violence has spread in Sudan's Darfur region, international peacekeepers said on Sunday, reporting a town looted and thousands more displaced on top of an estimated 40,000 who were uprooted last week. It is the third major outbreak of unrest in different parts of Darfur, an area about the size of France, in the past several days. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a statement that thousands have been displaced from the town of Saraf Omra, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state.

US 'deeply concerned' over Darfur violence

The United States on Saturday condemned recent attacks by government-backed mercenary fighters in Darfur, and urged the Sudan government to prevent further acts of violence. "We are deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence by the Sudanese government-supported Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Darfur," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, referring to a mercenary force of about 6,000 men fighting alongside the Sudanese Armed Forces.

Aid system stretched as thousands flee Darfur unrest

Thousands of people who have fled to displaced camps after renewed violence in Sudan's Darfur region are putting further pressure on an already stretched aid system, the United Nations said Wednesday. They are escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force comprised of 6,000 men. Most of those fleeing the fighting have ended up at the Kalma and Al-Salam camps outside the South Darfur state capital Nyala, Adnan Khan, acting chief of the UN in Sudan, said in a statement.

UN says aid system stretched as thousands flee new Darfur unrest

Thousands of people who have fled to displaced camps after renewed violence in Sudan's Darfur region are putting further pressure on an already-stretched aid system, the United Nations said Wednesday. Most of those escaping the fighting have ended up at the Kalma and Al-Salam camps outside the South Darfur state capital Nyala, Adnan Khan, acting chief of the UN in Sudan, said in a statement.

Arson, looting displaces thousands in Sudan's Darfur

Arson and looting by militia has displaced about 20,000 people in Sudan's Daruf, adding to the strain on agencies struggling to aid almost two million uprooted by 11 years of war. International peacekeepers in the region said they were deeply concerned about a reported escalation of violence in South Darfur state during the past few days.

Peacekeepers denied access as villages 'burned' in Sudan's Darfur

Sudanese authorities have denied international peacekeepers access to part of the troubled Darfur region where villages have been reported burned and civilians uprooted, the mission said Monday. The restriction is the latest of many cited by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), despite an agreement with the government which says peacekeepers have freedom of movement. UNAMID said in a statement that it is deeply concerned about a reported escalation of violence in South Darfur over the past few days.

More than 20 hurt, including 8 shot, at Darfur demo

More than 20 people were injured, eight of them by gunshots, when Sudanese police allegedly opened fire on demonstrators in Sudan's Darfur region, peacekeepers said Tuesday, raising an earlier toll. The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) could not confirm that two people died in Monday's incident involving residents of the Hamadiya camp for displaced people just outside Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur state. Al-Shafir Mohammed, an activist among the displaced, told AFP that two people were killed and 29 hurt as "thousands" demonstrated.

Police 'shot and injured' protesters in Sudan's Darfur

Sudanese police allegedly opened fire Monday on demonstrators from a camp for displaced people in the troubled Darfur region, wounding an unconfirmed number, peacekeepers said. "The initial unconfirmed report that UNAMID got was that two were injured. However, we are still verifying the report," a public information officer with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur told AFP. She said the incident, involving residents of the Hamadiya displaced camp, happened on the edge of Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur state.
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