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July 17, 2010

Sudanese Army claims to have killed 300 Darfur rebels in clashes

Sudanese Army claims to have killed 300 Darfur rebels in clashes

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The Darfur region of Sudan is a war torn region. According to the UN, 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million people displaced.

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The Sudanese Army said it killed over 300 rebels in the Darfur region of the country, and lost 75 of its own in clashes during the past week. General Al-Tayeb al-Musbah Osman was quoted by the Sudanese media as saying the fighting was with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). He also said that the government’s forces had destroyed rebel vehicles in the fighting, as well as capturing 86 people.

The Justice and Equality Movement denied the government’s statements, saying that they had defeated the army, not the other way around. UNAMID said there had been fighting in the area, but it would not say the number of the casualties. This incident is the second of its kind in recent months; in May, several hundred rebel fighters were killed by the government.

The Justice and Equality Movement is one of two rebel movements that have boycotted peace talks with the government; the other one is the Sudan Liberation Army.

The Darfur Region has been subject to violence for the past seven years, when the rebels began to fight the government, saying that the the western part of the country was being neglected. The UN has said that over 300,000 people have been killed, and 2.7 million people have been forced to relocate, while the Sudanese government claims only 10,000 people have died. The Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashiri has been charged with genocide due to his handling of the situation in Darfur.



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May 8, 2010

Two Egyptian peacekeepers killed in Darfur by gunmen

Two Egyptian peacekeepers killed in Darfur by gunmen

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Two peacekeepers from Egypt, working for the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur, were killed in an ambush yesterday by gunmen, reports say.

Three others were hurt when the incident happened near Edd al-Fursan in South Darfur. Kemal Saiki, a spokesman with the mission, commented on the incident in a statement: “Today, at about 11:30 am [14.30 UTC], a military convoy from UNAMID’s Egyptian contingent, with three vehicles and 20 personnel, was ambushed near Katila village, 85 kilometres [53 miles] south of Edd al-Fursan, South Darfur, by a group of unidentified armed men who indiscriminately opened fire, without warning, on the peacekeepers.

“The attackers fled when the convoy returned fire. The attack left two peacekeepers killed in action and three seriously wounded,” Saiki added. He condemned the clash as being a “criminal act”.

Nobody has, as of yet, claimed responsibility for the attack. Darfur and the surrounding region are prone to violence, caused by a civil war; with these deaths, 24 peacekeepers have been killed since UNAMID was deployed to the area two years ago.



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April 26, 2010

Spokesman: At least 55 dead after violence in Darfur, Sudan

Spokesman: At least 55 dead after violence in Darfur, Sudan

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According to Mohammed Issa Aliou, a spokesman for the Rezeigat tribe in Darfur, Sudan, at least 55 people have been killed in the city after clashes with the Southern Sudanese army.

Issa Aliou said yesterday that Rezeigat tribal members were attacked by armed forces near the border with the partially autonomous South Sudan on Friday, as they were looking for water and new pastures.

The South Sudanese army, however, responded by saying that the tribal members were the ones who had started the attacks.

“A company of 120 SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] soldiers was attacked on Friday night by armed men wearing uniforms of the northern army that were heavily equipped,” said Major General Kuol Deim Kuol, with the southern former rebel SPLA.



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December 7, 2009

Two more UN peacekeepers killed after attack in Darfur

Two more UN peacekeepers killed after attack in Darfur

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Gunmen killed two United Nations peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region on Saturday, one day after three others were killed in the same area.

A spokesman for the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Kemal Saiki, said two Rwandan peacekeepers were killed at a refugee camp in the northern part of the city. Saiki said the soldiers were distributing water in the Shangil Tobaya settlement, when at least one gunman opened fire on them. He added that it is currently unclear who carried out the attack and why.

“Some men in the crowd were hiding guns in their robes […] They opened fire without warning. Two of the peacekeepers were killed on the spot,” said Saiki. One other soldier was injured.

On Friday, gunmen ambushed peacekeepers in Darfur’s northern town of Saraf Omra, killing three Rwandan soldiers. Saiki said the gunmen targeted a UN convoy and suggested the attackers may have been trying to steal their vehicles. Saiki said that it is not yet clear whether or not the two incidents are linked.

Saturday’s killings bring the total number of peacekeepers killed in the region to 22 since January of 2008 when the UN and African Union began a joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

Large scale fighting has subsided in Darfur in recent times, but thefts continue to be a problem, along with violence linked to rival tribes and splinter rebel groups.



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December 6, 2009

Three peacekeepers in Sudan killed by gunmen

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According to a spokesman for UNAMID, a peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, three Rwandan soldiers were killed by gunmen in an ambush earlier today. Two other soldiers were hurt.

The spokesman, Kemal Saiki, commented that the ambush occurred close to a government checkpoint in the town of Saraf Umra, near Darfur. The peacekeeping troops returned fire at the gunmen, wounding one, but they evaded capture. The identities of the assailants was not immediately known.

Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary General, released a statement in which he expressed his sympathy to the families of the killed soldiers.

With this incident, twenty peacekeepers have been killed in the Darfur region since January 2008, when the African Union and the UN dispatched armed forces to the region. Violence, however, has become less frequent in the past few months.



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October 22, 2009

Red Cross member abducted in Darfur, Sudan

Red Cross member abducted in Darfur, Sudan

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said one of its staff members has been kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region. In a statement, the ICRC said that Gauthier Lefevre, a French national, was abducted Thursday near the town of Al Geneina in West Darfur.

It added that Lefevre was traveling in one of two clearly marked Red Cross vehicles when unidentified kidnappers seized him around midday local time. The ICRC said the man “was returning with other ICRC staff to El-Geneina after completing a field trip north of the town to help local communities upgrade their water supply systems.” It also said that “he was travelling in one of two clearly marked ICRC vehicles when he was seized a few kilometres [miles] from the town.”

The agency said it is working with local authorities to secure the man’s release.

Foreign aid groups have faced increased hostility in Darfur since the International Criminal Court indicted Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year for alleged war crimes.

Two workers for the Irish aid group GOAL were kidnapped in July and spent three months in captivity before being released last Sunday. Two civilian employees of the joint United Nations–African Union mission in Darfur still remain captive after being kidnapped in August.



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July 4, 2009

African Union refuses to arrest Sudan\’s President for war crimes

African Union refuses to arrest Sudan’s President for war crimes

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

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The African Union (AU) has decided it will not act on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly perpetrating war crimes in Darfur.

Jean Ping, the AU’s current chairperson, said of the decision by the 53 member states “They are showing to the world community that if you don’t want to listen to the continent, if you don’t want to take into account our proposals… if you don’t want to listen to the continent, as usual, we also are going to act unilaterally.”

Thirty African states have ratified the ICC treaty. Libya in particular had pressed for the decision, with leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, who hosted the summit, going so far as to invite controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address the summit; the Iranians agreed but later canceled the visit.

A Human Rights Watch spokesman said “This resolution, the result of unprecedented bullying by Libya, puts the AU on the side of a dictator accused of mass murder rather than on the side of his victims, but it cannot erase the legal obligations undertaken by the 30 African countries which have ratified the ICC treaty.”

This treaty requires signatory states — which al-Beshir has avoided since the March issuing of the arrant — to arrest any suspects within their borders. Sudan’s foreign ministry commented that now “The president is free to travel anywhere in Africa, including those countries that have ratified the ICC’s Rome statute.”

Amnesty International also criticised the new resolution, with Amnesty Africa’s director Erwin van der Borght saying “This decision by the African Union member states shows a disdain for those in Darfur who suffered gross human rights violation and makes a mockery of the AU as an international body. By supporting a wanted person accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, it undermines the credibility of states which are party to the Rome Statute and the AU as a whole.”

The Sudanese foreign ministry said that “We think that Africa is now one front against the ICC … Most Africans believe it is a court that has been set up against Africa and the third world.”

Sudan’s government has estimated 10,000 people have died as a result of violence in Darfur since February 2003, while the United Nations (UN) puts the figures as 300,000 dead with 2.7 million having fled their homes. The UN Security Council was criticised by the AU for its refusal to consider suspending al-Beshir’s warrant for one year, which Africa said could have helped efforts seeking peace in Darfur.



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Gunmen abduct aid workers in Sudan

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  • 15 September 2014: Libya accuse Qatar of intervening on side of rebels
  • 7 September 2014: Libya accuse Sudan of arming ‘terrorist group’
  • 22 December 2013: Rebels take over South Sudan oil regions
  • 9 March 2012: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton present 2012 International Women of Courage Awards
  • 29 August 2011: Sudanese President releases all detained journalists
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Darfur regions of Sudan.

Two foreign aid workers have been reported kidnapped in the western Darfur region of Sudan. United Nations (UN) and African Union officials in Sudan stated that the two women were abducted at gunpoint from their camp in the town of Kutum.

A Sudanese national was also abducted but released a short time later, according to officials.

The aid workers were identified as Sharon Commins, 32, of Ireland and Hilda Kawuki, 42, of Uganda. Both work for the Irish humanitarian organization, GOAL. John O’Shea, a GOAL executive, indicated that the women were abducted by as many as six assailants. “We don’t know who took them,” O’Shea told Reuters. “There are so many splinter groups in the area you’d only be guessing.” He added that GOAL had not previously experienced a kidnapping.

The kidnappers have not been identified and there have been no claims of responsibility reported thus far. There have been two other incidents of kidnapping of aid workers in Darfur since March of this year, but all victims were released within days to a few weeks.



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African Union refuses to arrest Sudan’s President for war crimes

Saturday, July 4, 2009 The African Union (AU) has decided it will not act on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly perpetrating war crimes in Darfur.

Jean Ping, the AU’s current chairperson, said of the decision by the 53 member states “They are showing to the world community that if you don’t want to listen to the continent, if you don’t want to take into account our proposals… if you don’t want to listen to the continent, as usual, we also are going to act unilaterally.”

Thirty African states have ratified the ICC treaty. Libya in particular had pressed for the decision, with leader Moamer Kadhafi, who hosted the summit, going so far as to invite controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address the summit; the Iranians agreed but later cancelled the visit.

A Human Rights Watch spokesman said “This resolution, the result of unprecedented bullying by Libya, puts the AU on the side of a dictator accused of mass murder rather than on the side of his victims, but it cannot erase the legal obligations undertaken by the 30 African countries which have ratified the ICC treaty.”

This treaty requires signatory states – which al-Beshir has avoided since the March issuing of the arrant – to arrest any suspects within their borders. Sudan’s foreign ministry commented that now “The president is free to travel anywhere in Africa, including those countries that have ratified the ICC’s Rome statute.”

Amnesty International also criticised the new resolution, with Amnesty Africa’s director Erwin van der Borght saying “This decision by the African Union member states shows a disdain for those in Darfur who suffered gross human rights violation and makes a mockery of the AU as an international body. By supporting a wanted person accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, it undermines the credibility of states which are party to the Rome Statute and the AU as a whole.”

The Sudanese foreign ministry said that “We think that Africa is now one front against the ICC … Most Africans believe it is a court that has been set up against Africa and the third world.”

Sudan’s government has estimated 10,000 people have died as a result of violence in Darfur since February 2003, while the United Nations (UN) puts the figures as 300,000 dead with 2.7 million having fled their homes. The UN Security Council was criticised by the AU for its refusal to consider suspending al-Beshir’s warrant for one year, which Africa said could have helped efforts seeking peace in Darfur.


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African Union refuses to arrest Sudan’s President for war crimes

Saturday, July 4, 2009

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The African Union (AU) has decided it will not act on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly perpetrating war crimes in Darfur.

Jean Ping, the AU’s current chairperson, said of the decision by the 53 member states “They are showing to the world community that if you don’t want to listen to the continent, if you don’t want to take into account our proposals… if you don’t want to listen to the continent, as usual, we also are going to act unilaterally.”

Thirty African states have ratified the ICC treaty. Libya in particular had pressed for the decision, with leader Moamer Kadhafi, who hosted the summit, going so far as to invite controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address the summit; the Iranians agreed but later cancelled the visit.

A Human Rights Watch spokesman said “This resolution, the result of unprecedented bullying by Libya, puts the AU on the side of a dictator accused of mass murder rather than on the side of his victims, but it cannot erase the legal obligations undertaken by the 30 African countries which have ratified the ICC treaty.”

This treaty requires signatory states – which al-Beshir has avoided since the March issuing of the arrant – to arrest any suspects within their borders. Sudan’s foreign ministry commented that now “The president is free to travel anywhere in Africa, including those countries that have ratified the ICC’s Rome statute.”

Amnesty International also criticised the new resolution, with Amnesty Africa’s director Erwin van der Borght saying “This decision by the African Union member states shows a disdain for those in Darfur who suffered gross human rights violation and makes a mockery of the AU as an international body. By supporting a wanted person accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, it undermines the credibility of states which are party to the Rome Statute and the AU as a whole.”

The Sudanese foreign ministry said that “We think that Africa is now one front against the ICC … Most Africans believe it is a court that has been set up against Africa and the third world.”

Sudan’s government has estimated 10,000 people have died as a result of violence in Darfur since February 2003, while the United Nations (UN) puts the figures as 300,000 dead with 2.7 million having fled their homes. The UN Security Council was criticised by the AU for its refusal to consider suspending al-Beshir’s warrant for one year, which Africa said could have helped efforts seeking peace in Darfur.


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