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07 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 19:04 GMT |

Tens of thousands of civilians fleeing weeks of clashes between troops and rebels in Darfur's Jebel Marra area face "dire" humanitarian circumstances, the United Nations said on Sunday.

Fighting in the Jebel Marra has flared between forces loyal to President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on war crimes charges relating to the Darfur conflict, and the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdelwahid Nur (SLA-AW), which has been battling him since 2003.

07 Feb 2016 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 11:57 GMT

A man who stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier on Sunday in the southern city of Ashkelon before being shot was a Sudanese national who has since died of his wounds, police said.

Police initially said the incident near a bus station was suspected to be part of a wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks that erupted in October. The motive for the stabbing is now unclear.

06 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Feb.6 (SUNA)-A leading member of parliament, from the White Nile state, has commended the president decision on reopening of border crossing points with south Sudan, allowing for movement of people and goods.

Nur Eddaim Ahmd al tayyeb, member of the state's Council legislatures and a leader within the Umma Leadership Group Party, said the decision will have positive economic impact on both the Sudan and south Sudan.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 5 - 2016 ZALINGEI

Displaced people from three camps in Central Darfur State staged a peaceful demonstration on Friday, condemning the aerial bombardments and shelling by government forces on areas and villages in Jebel Marra that have caused the displacement of large numbers.

As of 31 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that 44,700 people (31,000 in North Darfur and 13,700 in Central Darfur) have been displaced by the government's offensive.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

The National Dialogue’s Committee for Governance Affairs has recommended the structural reform of the state at the levels of judiciary, governance, and organs of justice, to correct current imbalances in these fields. The committee, meeting in Khartoum, emphasised the nationalism in the Sudan Armed Forces, the police, and the intelligence and security service.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Militiamen have terrorised the population in Kutum, North Darfur, by opening fire on people, closing down the main road, and attempts of abduction. In the South Darfur capital, merchants have been violently abducted by militiamen.

A resident of Kutum told Radio Dabanga on Thursday that militiamen wearing military uniforms tried to rob Muhajir, a merchant, and shot him three times in one of his legs when he resisted. Muhajir sustained multiple fractures and was taken to El Fasher for treatment.

05 Feb 2016 description

Summary of WFP assistance: In July 2015, WFP Sudan launched a two-year Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO, 2015-2017), valued at USD 693 million and aiming to reach 5.2 million people in total. Between July and December 2015, WFP intended to reach nearly 3.5 million beneficiaries. Following long-standing efforts to bring improved food security to vulnerable communities in Sudan facing complex emergencies, the new PRRO supports a gradual shift from relief operations to recovery and resilience activities.

05 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA (5 February 2016) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, today called for an immediate end to hostilities that have triggered new protection and humanitarian concerns in Darfur. He warned that, in the last two weeks, tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur after a new escalation of violence.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Eleven children reportedly died of malnutrition while taking shelter in one of the highest peaks in Jebel Marra, at the end of January. Three women died at childbirth. Returning militiamen spark fear among residents in western Jebel Marra.

A medical assistant who said he managed to visit the area with activists, told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that the children and women died in Balbal area between 19 and 27 January. “We found about 5,000 civilians who have fled their villages because of the aerial bombardments in Jebel Marra.”

05 Feb 2016 description
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  1. Highlights
  • Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

05 Feb 2016 description

El-Fasher, February 02, 2016 – Cognizant of the need to bring services closer to the Darfurian citizen, Sudan National Human Rights Commission with technical support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Sudan has inaugurated today a regional office in El- Fasher, Darfur.

05 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Ethiopia, the number of new arrivals from South Sudan has significantly dropped and on average one refugee arrives in Gambella daily. The new arrivals enter thorough Pagak, Burbie, Akobo or Raad.
    The total number of new arrivals from South Sudan since 15 December 2013 is 226,473 individuals (221,280 in Gambella and 5,053 in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region). 71% of the adult refugee population are women and girls and 68% are children. The cumulative number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia is 281,205.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 4 - 2016 GARSILA

The residents of the three camps for the displaced in Garsila, Wadi Salih locality in Central Darfur, have renewed their rejection of voluntarily return to their villages.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a camp sheikh reported that they plan to hold a meeting at the Aradeiba camp on Saturday, together with the camp elders and active residents of the Jedda and Jebelein camps.

04 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 4 - 2016 TAWILA

More than 463 families from war-torn Jebel Marra arrived at the Rwanda camp for the displaced near Tawila in North Darfur the past few days. Almost 45,000 people have been displaced during January, OCHA reports.

The newly displaced families walked more than 30 kilometres to reach the camp. They were assaulted by militiamen and robbed of the belongings they managed to take with them on their flight, an activist told Radio Dabanga from Tawila.

04 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS
- El Niño“drought effect” likely to have a long-lasting impact as people’ resilience continues to be eroded
- Ethiopia battling worst drought in decades
- Drought, food in security and power shortages stalk southern Africa region
- Cholera, a preventable disease, kills thousands across eastern and southern Africa
- Protracted conflicts to complicate humanitarian situation
- Funding shortfalls paralyse humanitarian responses

04 Feb 2016 description
  • Fighting in Sana’a governorate continues with pro-Hadi forces claiming to have taken control of the strategic Nihm area amid intensified Saudi airstrikes. With forces advancing towards the capital, president Hadi has reportedly vowed that military operations will continue until Sana’a is liberated.
  • On 3 February, an airstrike targeted a cement factory in Amran, reportedly killing 15 civilian workers in neighboring businesses.