Sudan: At Least 12 Killed in West Darfur Riots
At least 12 people have been killed and many more injured during riots in West Darfur over Sunday and Monday.
Violence broke out in El Geneina, the capital of the West Darfur region, on Sunday after a group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) stormed government property. The IDPs were protesting attacks by pro-government militiamen in Mouli village, 15 km south of El Geneina, which killed at least one herdsman.
12 confirmed dead
After initial confusion and conflicting figures, a spokesman confirmed on Ashorooq TV that 12 people had been killed and other injured across Sunday and Monday. The statement came after Minister of Justice, Awad al-Hassan al-Nur, set up a committee to probe the incident, following international concern and internal outrage.
The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday expressed its concern over the events that were unfolding in West Darfur.
“UNAMID is concerned about the continued tension in El Geneina town and around Mouli village, 15 km south of El Geneina, West Darfur,” a statement said on Monday.
“The Mission has been receiving reports of continuous unrest and sporadic firing across El Geneina and in Mouli with an undetermined number of casualties,” it added.
“UNAMID emphasises the importance of restraint by all parties and stands ready to assist the state authorities as well as the Darfuri people in their efforts to arrive at a peaceful resolution of the situation,”
The killing of displaced people in El Geneina has caused outrage amongst opposition groups in the region. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) chairman’s advisor, Mahgoub Hussein, condemned government actions as a “war crime” and demanded an international investigation.
“The Movement considers the massacre of El Geneina, as a war crime,” he told the Sudan Tribune. “The President and the pillars of his regime should be held accountable for it – and we call on the international community to provide international protection for Darfur people.”
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has also accused the UN and African Union (AU) of failing to protect the people of Darfur and allowing the attack to happen.