Crisis in southern Darfur is threatening civilians - UN official

New York- US (PANA) -- The recent deterioration of security in the Darfur region of Sudan is increasingly threatening civilian safety, a top United Nations offic i al has said.
Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said Tuesday that, "the ongoing rebel violence and airstrikes from Sudanese government forces in the sou t hern Darfur town of Muhajeria must come to an end".
The United Nations estimates that as many as 30,000 people have been forced to f lee the violence since 15 January and at least 30 local civilians have been kill e d.
Pillay also said the violence in southern Darfur was threatening an already frag ile humanitarian situation in Muhajeria.
"The fighting is reported to have involved ground offensives and indiscriminate aerial bombardment by government forces that failed to distinguish between civil i an communities and military targets," she said in a statement.
Pillay further called on the international community to support the protection o f civilians and for the Sudanese government and rebel leaders to respect interna t ional humanitarian laws.

04 february 2009 19:26:00

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