Sudanese authorities are urged to allow unhindered access to displaced people in Darfur

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Women and children displaced by the conflict. UNAMID

Authorities in Sudan are being urged to allow unhindered and immediate access to the areas affected by recent violence in Darfur.

The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says it's deeply concerned about reports of an escalation of violence in South Darfur in the past several days.

The Mission has received reports of looting, burning of villages and the displacement of thousands of people.

UNAMID spokesperson Christopher Cycmanick says peacekeepers have attempted to access the affected areas on several occasions, but have been denied passage by the authorities.

"We are asking, we are requesting that the government allows us to go in there to basically carry out our mandate. That, of course, is the protection of civilians and until we can go in there, that can help us determine specific numbers of those displaced or the extent of the incident or the damage that was done." (16")

Christopher Cycmanick said although it is not clear who has carried out the violence, there has been a lot of movement by armed groups and government forces in the area.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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