Panafrican News Agency

Dozens killed, many injured in recent inter-communal clashes in Darfur - UNAMID

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN –African Union Peace keeping forces in Darfur (UNAMID) has confirmed that 17 people had been killed, 15 others injured with more than 100 houses burnt in recent inter-communal clashes in central Darfur state, Western Sudan.


In a press release, obtained by PANA in Khartoum on Thursday, UNAMID stated that following recent reports of fatalities and injuries in Deleij village, Central Darfur, it sent a team on June 11th to the field to check these reports.


The release said UNAMID mission met with the affected persons and local authorities who confirmed that 17 people had been killed, 15 others injured with more than 100 houses burnt.  


It said the fighting occurred during heated clashes between nomads and residents, apparently angered by the increase in commodity prices at the local market.


UNAMID Joint Special Representative-Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Jeremiah Mamabolo, said that the Mission is deeply concerned about these developments, especially the loss of lives.


“UNAMID appeals to all involved in these clashes to show restraint and opt for peaceful means to resolve differences. This is the only course of action that can satisfy the interest of the people of Darfur at this delicate time,” JSR Mamabolo was quoted by the release as emphasizing.


JSR Mamabolo further extended his sincere condolences and speedy recovery to all the affected people in Deleij village.


UNAMID will intensify its confidence–building measures in the affected area to promote inter-communal dialogue and share concerns raised by Deleij residents with the UN humanitarian community.


Deleij village, located in Wadi Salih locality, Central Darfur, has 25,000 households, totaling around 150,000 residents.


Darfur has not witnessed in the past few months any major clash, inter-communal clash or fighting between government forces and rebel movements.

-0- PANA MO/VAO 13June2019