UN calls for end of hostilities in Darfur

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Peacekeepers of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

People engaged in conflict near the town of Kutum in the Darfur region of Sudan are being urged to stop hostilities and engage in peaceful dialogue.

The appeal has come from the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) following the latest outbreak of armed attacks.

The latest violence was reportedly triggered by the shooting of a district commissioner and his driver during a car-jacking by unidentified armed men near the Kassab camp for internally displaced persons near Kutum.

A UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq, says UNAMID is concerned about the recent resumption of violence in Kutum in North Darfur, which has resulted in casualties among the local population.

"The Mission’s team site near Kutum reported that the security situation has deteriorated, with a rash of shootings, including an assassination attempt on a local official, since 4 September. UNAMID has evacuated wounded civilians by helicopter to El-Fasher for emergency treatment. The Acting Joint Special Representative, Aichatou Mindaoudou, said that she was saddened that the people of Kutum have again had to endure pain and suffering. UNAMID calls for a cessation of hostilities and for all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue."

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