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Insecurity doubled for Darfur aid groups last year

Carjackings and robberies drove a doubling of security incidents involving foreign aid groups in Sudan's war-torn Darfur last year, UN data show, reflecting the worsening unrest there during 2013. The data, obtained by AFP, show there were 66 incidents in total -- ranging from threats to break-ins and killings -- which was up from 31 for 2012. The most common crime was robbery, with 21 cases of armed theft from offices or other facilities belonging to relief agencies, compared to just seven in 2012.

Jordan says two UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur

Gunmen killed two peacekeepers, one from Jordan and one from Senegal, in an attack on Sunday on a UN patrol in Sudan's conflict-stricken Darfur, Jordan's Public Security Directorate said. "This morning, gunmen in South Darfur opened fire at a UN patrol, killing Jordanian Major Talal Rjub and a Senegalese peacekeeper," the statement said. "The United Nations peacekeeping force has informed us of the attack and said it was investigating it," the statement added without elaborating.

Jordan says two UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur

Gunmen killed two peacekeepers, one from Jordan and one from Senegal, in an attack on Sunday on a UN patrol in Sudan's conflict-stricken Darfur, Jordan's Public Security Directorate said. "This morning, gunmen in South Darfur opened fire at a UN patrol, killing Jordanian Major Talal Rjub and a Senegalese peacekeeper," the statement said. "The United Nations peacekeeping force has informed us of the attack and said it was investigating it," the statement added without elaborating.

1.9 million displaced in Sudan's Darfur

Almost two million people are displaced in Darfur, the UN's top official in Sudan said on Monday, giving a new figure for the region where violence has worsened this year. "We estimate that the internally displaced people... are close to 1.9 million, and that there are 1.3 million non-IDP's who are severely affected and/or food insecure," Ali Al-Za'tari said in the capital of North Darfur state. "This makes the total number of Sudanese in need in Darfur more than 3.2 million."

1.9 million displaced in Sudan's Darfur

Almost two million people are displaced in Darfur, the UN's top official in Sudan said on Monday, giving a new figure for the region where violence has worsened this year. "We estimate that the internally displaced people... are close to 1.9 million, and that there are 1.3 million non-IDP's who are severely affected and/or food insecure," Ali Al-Za'tari said in the capital of North Darfur state. "This makes the total number of Sudanese in need in Darfur more than 3.2 million."

460,000 displaced in Sudan's Darfur this year

Tribal violence and rebel-government battles have displaced at least 460,000 people in Sudan's Darfur this year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as dozens reportedly died in the latest clashes. "According to humanitarian organisations, so far in 2013 at least 460,000 people have fled their homes in Darfur as a result of inter-tribal fighting and clashes between the SAF (Sudanese army) and armed movements," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly bulletin.

460,000 displaced in Sudan's Darfur this year

Tribal violence and rebel-government battles have displaced at least 460,000 people in Sudan's Darfur this year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as violence worsens in the western region. "According to humanitarian organisations, so far in 2013 at least 460,000 people have fled their homes in Darfur as a result of inter-tribal fighting and clashes between the SAF (Sudanese army) and armed movements," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly bulletin.

Tribal violence Darfur's major threat: Sudan minister

Tribal violence and not rebel activity is the major security threat to Sudan's Darfur region, the defence minister said on Tuesday. Battles between Arab tribal militias have worsened this year in Darfur, leaving hundreds dead in the country's far-west region, where a decade-long rebellion also continues. "The tribal clashes are the biggest challenge and threat to security in Darfur, more than rebel movements," Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein said in a briefing to parliament. He said tribal unrest has occurred in four of the region's five states.

Tribal warfare in Sudan's Darfur kills 51

Two Arab tribes which have been battling off-and-on for months in Sudan's Darfur region have resumed fighting, leaving dozens dead, one of their leaders said on Friday. Tribal disputes in the Darfur region have been driven by conflict over resources including land, water and mineral rights, but it was not immediately clear what triggered the latest fighting. "Yesterday the Salamat attacked one of our villages... and we clashed with them. In total, 51 people were killed and 65 were injured," Ahmed Khiri, a Misseriya tribal leader, told AFP.

More fighting in Darfur after 100 killed: Sudan tribes

Fighting between rival Arab tribes rocked Sudan's Darfur region for a second day Sunday after 100 people died in unrest that has already killed hundreds this year, tribal sources said. Battles were taking place in the Adila area of southeastern Darfur, the sources said. "The fighting today spread to many areas," said a member of the Rezeigat tribe which has been fighting the rival Maaliya since Saturday. "I saw some wounded Rezeigat taken to the hospital in Ed Daein on Land Cruisers," he said, asking for anonymity. Ed Daein is the capital of East Darfur state.
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