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United Nations-African Union Mission Concerned Over Sudan’s Military Attack on Armed Group

Published on Sunday 12th December 2010

The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today voiced concern over an attack reportedly carried out by the Sudanese armed forces against fighters of one of the armed opposition groups in the strife-torn region.

The attack on Khor Abeche village in South Darfur against the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA-Minni Minawi) sent some 500 civilians fleeing to the UNAMID camp in the area for protection

The Joint Special Representative, Ibrahim Gambari, "calls on all parties to refrain from hostilities and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to safeguard innocent civilians," UNAMID said in a statement.

The mission said it is investigating the incident and will continue to provide security to civilians in the area.

UNAMID was set up to protect civilians and quell the violence in Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes.

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