Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

Darfur / UNAMID peacekeepers ambushed



Darfur / UNAMID peacekeepers ambushed


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

The Secretary-General is continuing to make telephone calls to leaders in Africa and the Middle East to address the humanitarian situation in Darfur.


Meanwhile, just a few minutes ago, the African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported that, at about 1:20 p.m. local time, UNAMID peacekeepers were ambushed by approximately eight unknown gunmen who opened fire on them while they were returning to their base in Nyala, South Darfur, after conducting an escort patrol.


The peacekeepers returned fire in self-defence and one of them was injured during the firefight.  The wounded soldier was immediately taken for medical treatment at the mission’s hospital in Nyala and later died while being evacuated to Al Fasher for further medical treatment. 


UNAMID strongly condemns these cowardly acts of violence against its peacekeepers and calls on all parties including the Government of the Sudan to ensure the safety of United Nations personnel in the region.


“These ongoing attacks against UNAMID peacekeepers will not dissuade us from pursuing our mandate in Darfur,” UNAMID quoted the African Union-United Nations Joint Representative, Rodolphe Adada, as saying.


Adada strongly condemns the unprovoked attacks against peacekeepers who are here to help the people of Darfur.  This is the second time this month that UNAMID peacekeepers have been ambushed by unknown armed men while conducting their duties in Darfur.


[A statement attributable to the Spokesperson on the attack was issued later.]


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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