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article imageRenewed fighting in Darfur, Sudan: 'Thousands displaced'

By Christopher Szabo     Jun 29, 2010 in World
Khartoum - Thousands of people from more than 700 households have fled from their homes to a refugee camp in Darfur after fighting between local armed groups intensified.
The UN’s humanitarian news agency, IRIN, reports the clashes have increased since May, and 725 households from the Jebel Mara have had to flee to the Hassa Hissa refugee camp in Zalingei, West Darfur, near the Chad border.
This followed an appeal by the joint UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) to cease fighting. UNAMID has reported casualties in clashes between villages in the region. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Georg Charpentier, said:
"The steady deterioration of security conditions, particularly in the past two months, is not only affecting the population but directly targets the humanitarian community. Repeated kidnappings of humanitarian staff and the killing of peacekeepers, as well as vehicle hijackings and banditry, seriously impede the overall humanitarian access."
The fighting has claimed the lives of three UN peacekeepers recently, IRIN said.
The International Criminal Court charged Sudan’s president, Omar al Bashir with war crimes for allegedly arming militias accused of committing genocide against groups in Darfur in 2003.
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