UNAMID calls for end to deadly internecine fighting in North Darfur

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Gambian troops of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

The UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed alarm over the deadly fighting between Beni Hussein and Abbala ethnic groups in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur.

And it has urged the Sudanese Government, North Darfur authorities and leaders from both ethnic groups to end fighting and give dialogue a chance.

At the same time, the mission continues to provide full assistance and is preparing to send a team to assess the situation on the ground.

The fighting, which reportedly erupted on 5 January, has resulted in a number of casualties, looting, burning of nearby villages, and the displacement of thousands of civilians forced to flee.

So far, the mission has mobilized three medical evacuation flights along with three medical teams, and evacuated 26 casualties to El Fasher city.

UNAMID has also mobilized four other special flights in support of the ongoing mediation efforts.

As part of its immediate response, UNAMID had also dispatched a verification patrol from Saraf Omra to Jebel Amer on 7 January.

However, the patrol was stopped by what it calls Beni Hussein tribesman at Umurharwa area, alleging that an imminent attack was to be launched by the Abbala ethnic group. This allegation remains unconfirmed.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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