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UNAMID moves to probe reports of airstrikes in north Darfur village

Sudan Tribune
18 May 2011
(…) Darfur peacekeepers have set out to investigate reports of an airstrike carried out by government forces on a village in the north of Sudan’s western region.
In its daily media brief on Wednesday, the UN-AU Hybrid Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that its units based in Kuma, located approximately 100 kilometers northeast of North Darfur State’s provincial capital El-Fasher, are currently en route to the nearby village of Sukamir in order to verify reports of an airstrike conducted by government forces on the village.
The peacekeepers will aim to gather information on possible casualties and newly displaced persons, the media release pointed out.
Sudanese army’s air forces were accused on Monday of conducting two airstrikes in South Darfur State and causing casualties.
According to the Darfur Lawyers Association, warplanes bombarded Labado and Esheraya, located 30km south of El Daein, in South Darfur.
The group further said that 11 civilians were killed and seven others wounded during the bombing in Esheraya in South Darfur. (…)
(…) "African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Joint Special Representative (JSR) Ibrahim Gambari is deeply concerned over recent air strikes in South Darfur," said a press release put out by the hybrid operation.
Gambari was quoted by the statement as calling on the "parties" in Darfur to "exercise the utmost restraint in the use of lethal force." (…)

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