Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 August 2008

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief


 

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, August 26, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief


Military activities
Confidence building: 25
Escorts:                    03
Villages/IDPs:           30
Investigations:           01        

Security situation
The security situation in UNAMID AOR remained relatively calm during the period under view.


Significant Activities
UNAMID Daily Media Brief
2008-08-25


Today, UNAMID officials in Sector Headquarters Nyala, South Darfur, received information from local leaders and NGOs that Government of Sudan (GOS) armed elements were at the Kalma IDP camp, situated 25km from the town of Nyala and where 80,000 people are located. Initial reports mentioned that shots had been fired at the camp location resulting in a number of casualties among the IDPs

According to conflicting reports, movement of GoS military around Kalma camp took place at 05:00 hrs today and shooting started after 08:30 hrs. These reports indicated that there was an exchange of fire between GoS and persons inside the camp while IDPs sources in the camp denied any firing from the camp took place. NGOs present in the camp reported that there were casualties, although no final toll has been established yet.
UNAMID sent police and military patrols to the camp location to confirm this incident and lend any assistance needed.

UNAMID leadership is extremely concerned by this serious incident which circumstances will be investigated. It is closely monitoring the situation and calls for restraint.

Banditry Activities By Janjaweed Militias at Krinding 1 & 2 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps.   A UNAMID patrol team from El Geneina Sector Headquarters, (West Darfur) conducted a night patrol to Krinding IDPs camps on 22 Aug 2008, and was informed that Janjaweed militias were terrorizing Krinding 1 & 2 IDPs camps by shooting during the night in the IDPs Camps, breaking into their homes, victimizing them and looting. One IDP leader (Sheikh) informed the patrol that the criminals entered the camps at night around 2100 hrs and escaped when Government of Sudan (GoS) Police was called in.

Update on Inter-Tribal Clashes In Sector South. Latest reports from the Government of Sudan (GoS) confirm that the incident took place at Umm-Hazura, about 36 km East of Abu Jabura, near UNAMID Military Base. It was also confirmed that 18 persons were killed from the Maseria Tribe and 49 persons from Rezeighat. The incident was reported to have been caused by control over water reservoir. The commissioner of Nyala, the Government of Sudan (GoS) Brigade Commander and local leaders visited the locality by air. The situation presently is under the control of GoS military and police. UNAMID intends to send an investigation patrol to the village.

Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) handed over to UNAMID at Muhajeria. On 23 August 2008, a Toyota Land Cruiser Hard Top belonging to the ICRC was handed to UNAMID by the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Operational Commander in Muhajeria, Sector South. SLA/Minni authorities had mounted a search for the vehicle as soon as informed that it had been hijacked near Graida, Sector South. They managed to retrieve the vehicle which was found abandoned after it ran out of fuel near Adola, north east of Muhajeria,  on 22 Aug 08. They presumed the vehicle belonged to the ICRC, although it had been repainted and its license plates removed. ICRC requested UNAMID to receive the vehicle on its behalf.


Assessment

All Sectors would continue to remain vigilant and intensify routine activities in their respective area of responsibility (AOR). Normal routine patrols and escorts are scheduled to continue in all the locations. The clashes between the Maseria and Rezeighat tribes in Sector South would be monitored in order to avoid an escalation of the conflict. Harassment and intimidation of IDPs by Janjaweed militias in Sector West would be closely monitored and curbed with the help of the local police.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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