An outbreak of inter-communal violence in Saraf Omra, in the Sudanese region of North Darfur, has led to a mass displacement of civilians and a number of casualties.
The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed its deep concern over the thousands of displaced civilians who have taken refuge in Mission’s base over the past few days.
Peacekeepers have taken up positions around the displaced to provide protection.
Stéphane Dujarric, the UN’s Spokesperson, said additional troops and police have been deployed to the base to bolster security.
“In addition, the Mission has provided water and evacuated 38 casualties, 24 of which were in a critical condition, for medical treatment. While the fighting has subsided, the Mission says that the situation in the area remains tense. It adds that it is working with the humanitarian coordinators to provide further assistance, including food and sanitation support.”
Meanwhile, more than 45,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Um Gunya area in South Darfur.
The villages in the area have reportedly been attacked by Government forces. Many people have fled to camps surrounding Nyala, the state capital.
Humanitarian agencies are ensuring that adequate water and food supplies are made available to those affected.