UNAMID begins 24-hour patrol in Darfur

New York- US (PANA) -- The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has increased the number of police patrols to protect civilians from the recent surge in violence.
UNAMID made this known in a statement made available to the Pan African News Agency (PANA) here Tuesday.
It stated that it began patrolling northern Darfur, near El Fasher, Sudan, at night, in order to counter threats to two camps with large number of internally-displaced persons.
It said UNAMID troops, based at a recently-established community-policing centre in the volatile northern region, would now provide civilians with 24-hour patrolling as part of an effort to counter threats from Janjaweed militiamen and the Sudanese military's operation targeting militants.
UNAMID operation in Darfur was established to protect the estimated 2.
7 million displaced people forced to flee their homes as a result of the ongoing violence.
The United Nations said the violence had killed as many as "300,000 people since fighting erupted in 2003".

24 february 2009 18:42:00




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