Recent fighting displaces thousands in Darfur

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UNAMID peacekeepers

Fighting between Sudanese forces and an armed rebel group in East Darfur has displaced thousands of people, according to the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

UNAMID says thousands of civilians have been gathering around its team site near the town of Labado since 6 April when fighting broke out between the government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Mini Minnawi.

The mission is concerned about the lives of the displaced civilians who are still waiting for humanitarian aid.

UNAMID spokesperson Aicha Elbasri says the latest fighting happened on Tuesday in the town of Labado.

"We received reports informing that the Sudanese Armed Forces retook Labado town from SLM/Mini Minnawi. And we also received reports saying that this happened after fierce fighting which led to the killing of four civilians and the wounding of six others."

Spokesperson Elbasri says UNAMID is treating the wounded civilians.

In Muhajeria, another town which has been affected by fighting the situation is relatively calm but remains tense.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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