'Darfur village deserted, houses destroyed after violence'

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A verification team of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has found a village in north Darfur, Sudan, completely deserted and houses destroyed and burnt, apparently as a result of a recently reported violence, UNAMID said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday.

UNAMID said it deployed a civilian-military team to Sigili and Abu Derek villages southeast of Al-Fashir, capital of North Darfur State, Tuesday to verify recent reports of alleged violence.

The team found Sigili village completely deserted with houses destroyed and burnt, animals killed, and ammunition found across the village.

UNAMID said on the way to Abu Derek, its team was stopped by members of the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) who insisted on searching the nine-vehicle convoy. After lengthy discussion, the team decided to go back to Fashir and postpone the mission to that village.

This was the second attempt to access Abu Derek Village for verification of violence reports, said UNAMID, adding that the previous attempt was made on 25 October to verify alleged reports of clashes between government troops and armed groups. Approaching Abu Derek, the UNAMID patrol came under heavy gunfire by an unidentified armed group.

“I urge the Government of Sudan to swiftly conduct its planned investigation into Sigili incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said the Acting Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator Aichatou Mindaoudou.

The UNAMID official also called upon all communities across Darfur to exercise self-restraint and "put an end to inter-communal violence that has caused deep suffering and unacceptable loss of lives”.  
-0- PANA MO/SEG 8Nov2012  

08 november 2012 11:59:11




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