UNAMID evacuates injured, assesses scope of tribal clashes in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it has sent a medical team to help evacuate and treat victims of tribal clashes in Sudan's western Darfur region, where dozens are reported killed or injured.

UNAMID said in a statement received by PANA in Khartoum it was "alarmed by deadly fighting between Beni Hussein and Abbala tribes in Jebel Amir area near Kabkabiya, North Darfur."

It said while providing full assistance and preparing to send a team to assess the situation on the ground, "the Mission also urges the Sudanese Government, North Darfur authorities and leaders from both tribes to end fighting and give dialogue a chance".

The fighting erupted 5 January and resulted in a number of casualties, looting, burning of nearby villages, and the displacement of thousands of civilians who were forced to flee towards Kabkabiya, Saraf Omra, and Al Sereif towns.

On 7 January, following initial reports of fighting, UNAMID Acting Joint Special Representative Aichatou Mindaoudou held talks on the incident with the Governor of North Darfur, Mr. Othman Kibir, offering UNAMID’s help in facilitating humanitarian assistance and supporting mediation and reconciliation efforts.

UNAMID has also mobilised four other special flights in support of the ongoing mediation efforts undertaken by a delegation led by Governor Kibir.
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11 january 2013 15:56:43

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