UN envoy concerned about fighting in Central Darfur

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Aichatou Mindaoudou

Fighting between armed rebels and the Sudanese army together with its militias in Central Darfur is endangering the safety of civilians in the area.

This concern has been expressed by Aichatou Mindaoudou, the acting head of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

This follows reports of heavy fighting between the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, led by Abdel Wahid, and the Sudanese army supported by its militias in west Jebel Marra on Monday.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says that on Tuesday, Ms. Mindaoudou visited Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur.

"She held talks with the Governor of Central Darfur, who informed her that armed groups had taken control of the towns of Golo and Rockero in west Jebel Marra and that approximately 850 families had been displaced. The acting chief of the Mission expressed serious concerns over the ongoing fighting in west Jebel Marra which endangers the safety of the civilian population in the area. She assured the Governor of the Mission's continued assistance in facilitating humanitarian assistance to all those in need." (Duration: 29")

Nesirky says the acting head of UNAMID also stressed that all parties involved in the conflict should respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'21"

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