UN: UN receives reports of 'significant' civilian displacement in Darfur region

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says  that it has received reports of significant civilian displacement in Sudan's North Darfur and South Darfur states.

OCHA in a brief statement on Friday in New York, said the displacement might be due to an escalation of operations by Sudanese government forces against armed opposition groups in and around Jebel Marra.

It said it had also received "unverified" reports of direct attacks on civilian villages in that area, noting that, "an inter-agency mission to Tawila in North Darfur is planned later this week to verify displacement figures and assess needs".

It stated that, requests for access to affected areas in Central Darfur had so far been denied due to the protracted violence.

The UN reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict in Darfur to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, and to ensure safe and unhindered access for humanitarian organizations.
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09 january 2015 20:40:06

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