UN condemns attack on its premises in Sudan

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Refugees from fighting in Kadugli, Sudan

Refugees from fighting in Kadugli, Sudan

United Nations has been forced to temporarily relocate its staff working in the Sudanese city of Kadugli in South Kordofan province after motor shells landed near the UN premises in the city.

The UN Office for the Co-ordination for Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) says several motor rounds landed near the UN Children's fund (UNICEF) offices, a local school and a local police station.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za'tari, has condemned the attack and termed it as a violation of International Humanitarian Law.

South Kordofan has seen intermittent clashes between Sudanese government forces and rebel groups.

Jens Laerke from OCHA says the fighting has prevented aid agencies from reaching thousands of displaced people especially in areas controlled by rebel groups.

"At the time of the shelling, Kadugli was hosting a peace conference with up to 600 delegates, including many school children. The resident and humanitarian coordinator says this attack on civilian and UN premises is reprehensible and constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law. UN and humanitarian partners have essentially not been able to deliver assistance to people in need in the SPLM-North controlled areas of South Kordofan for quite some time, but are continuing to provide relief assistance to people affected by the conflict in government controlled areas of the state."  (Duration:  36")

 

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