Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

Update on Security Situation in Darfur



Update on Security Situation in Darfur


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The security situation in Darfur is reported as calm however banditry activities and harassment of civilians continue to take place, particularly in South and West Darfur.

Today, at about 07:25 hours, a UNAMID vehicle was carjacked in Nyala, South Darfur, by two unidentified armed men in military uniforms.  The gunmen ordered the driver out of the vehicle and drove off.  No injuries were reported. The incident was reported to Government of Sudan Police. UN Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS) officials and UNAMID Military Police are closely monitoring the situation.

UNAMID security officers also reported that on 16 March, two UNAMID national staff members were harassed and beaten by five armed men dressed in civilian clothes in El Geneina, West Darfur.  The two staff members were stopped while they were driving a UN vehicle, beaten and left by the attackers.  The incident was reported to the Government of Sudan Police.  

Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, UNAMID military forces conducted 32 confidence-building patrols, 22 escort patrols and five night patrols covering 40 villages/IDP camps. Similarly, UNAMID Police conducted a total of 116 patrols in and around the villages and IDP Camps.

UNAMID Provides Water to New Arrivals at Zam Zam IDP Camp
The number of new arrivals in Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in North Darfur continues to rise, bringing the total to about 80,000.  The majority of the newcomers are from villages and IDP camps in South Darfur, but there are also arrivals from Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur.

To date, UNAMID has provided 100,000 litres of water to the IDPs and more is expected in the coming days.  In addition, UNAMID has also provided four bladders to be used for water storage.



SOURCE : UNAMID Communication and Public Information Division Media Contacts



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