Intense fighting breaks out in Darfur

Intense fighting has broken out between government forces and rebel fighters in Darfur, according to the joint United Nations African Union mission there (UNAMID).

Ibrahim Gambari

Ibrahim Gambari

The head of UNAMID, Ibrahim Gambari, has expressed concern about the latest outbreak of violence and its possible impact on the local people.

Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has more.

“The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur has confirmed reports of intense fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi movements in Tabit, which is located approximately 45 km south of El Fasher in North Darfur. The clashes began yesterday evening. UNAMID peacekeepers have been prevented from entering the area by Sudanese Government forces who invoked security concerns. Despite the lack of access, our peacekeepers continue to seek further information, especially about the possible impact of the fighting on the local population.”

In another development, at least one person is reported to have died following a search operation by government forces in the Zamzam camp for internally displaced people.

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