Thursday, June 16, 2011

UN warning on rising violence in Sudan

Senior officials from the United Nations (UN) warned today of escalating violence in the state of South Kordofan in Sudan, which has left 65 dead and 60 000 displaced people outside the region. In a statement issued by his office Thursday, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon called on the warring parties to allow unhindered access to UN Mission in that country and humanitarian aid for the affected population .

On 5 June, the Sudanese army troops deployed in South Kordofan, where he faces the armed group the People's Liberation Army, which operates in the territory of Southern Sudan, which became independent from the north on July 9. According to UN figures, 60 thousand people have been displaced by the conflict near the border between Sudan and South Sudan, while humanitarian agencies estimate that about 65 individuals have been killed in the clashes.

Since last week, according to media reports, there have been bombings of planes belonging to the Sudanese government in the capital of South Kordofan, Kadugli, as in other communities throughout the state. For its part, the coordinator for UN humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, said "deeply alarmed" by reports that civilians have been directly attacked in South Kordofan.

He also called on the parties to allow access for humanitarian agencies working to alleviate the conditions of the affected population. "I call on all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting civilians and indiscriminate tactics employed, and to protect civilians under international humanitarian law," he said Amos.

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