Peacekeeping chief: Darfur security situation deteriorating

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USG for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and head of UNAMID Mohamed Ibn Chambas pay a visit to an injured UNAMID peacekeeper in Nyala, Darfur. [UN Photo/Albert González Farran]

There's been a deterioration in the security situation in Sudan's Darfur region, with more than 300,000 people being displaced since the beginning of the year, according to the head of UN peacekeeping.

Hervé Ladsous said the displacement was mostly due to inter-community clashes, and he called on all parties in Darfur to cease hostilities.

Ladsous on Friday completed a three-day mission to Sudan where he met with President Omar Al-Bashir and other senior officials in the capital, Khartoum.

He also travelled to East Darfur State to meet with local authorities, civil society and internally displaced people.

Ladsous praised the blue helmets serving at the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Pointing out the difficult conditions under which they serve, he reported that three peacekeepers had been injured during an ambush in East Darfur on Wednesday.

The unidentified armed group which attacked their convoy also fired on a UNAMID ambulance.

Ladsous stated that attacks on peacekeepers are a crime and stressed that the perpetrators must be apprehended and prosecuted.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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