UN says attacks on Darfur by armed militias increase

UN says peacekeepers and civilians in Darfur getting attacked more often

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations has said international peacekeepers and civilians in Sudan's conflict prone Darfur region have increased, forcing tens of thousands to flee.

UN authorities have accused the Sudanese government of becoming increasingly confrontational towards the UN and Western countries on the issue of UN’s mission to Darfur, which the Sudanese government wants to shut.

UN peacekeeping deputy chief Edmund Mulet said there was a worrying amount of attacks on UN facilities.

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon said, latest figures show, there were 60 "incidents and hostile attacks’’ on UN operated coordinates in the three months to May 15, compared with 46 in the previous quarter.

The UN has faced accusations by the West that it has not done enough to protect civilians and report the attacks of armed militias on peacekeepers and UN facilities.

The UN has announced that it would improve its performance and establish new strategies to implement safety for the citizens and peacekeepers in Darfur.

On Wednesday the UN reported that possibly more than 200,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes and flee from Darfur as a result of Increasing attacks on civilians.


TRTWorld and agencies