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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

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

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
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
  • 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.
04 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

On Tuesday, displaced people in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, took to the streets of the camps in protest against the Darfur referendum on the administrative status of the region, scheduled to take place in April.

The protesters called on the Sudanese government “to address the rampant insecurity and the absence of the rule of law in the region rather than organise an untimely referendum on the administrative status of Darfur”.

04 Feb 2016 description

KHARTOUM, 3 February 2016 (UNHCR) - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the allocation of US$ 7 million by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help address some of the most pressing needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.
 
An estimated 198,600 South Sudanese have sought refuge in Sudan following the eruption of conflict in South Sudan in December 2013. The majority reside in White Nile and Khartoum States.
 

03 Feb 2016 description

Breeding continues in NW Africa while Red Sea area remains calm

Desert Locust breeding is continuing in north and northwest Mauritania and in adjacent areas of Western Sahara where a few small groups formed recently. Limited ground control operations have been carried out in these areas. Breeding will continue during February and may cause a further increase in locust numbers and the formation of hopper and adult groups. As temperatures increase, some adults may move to spring breeding areas south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria.

03 Feb 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Refugees sent back to Sudan say they are being pursued by authorities there, and hope to flee again.

In 2013, Nour Issa and Ahmed Hakim, both in their 20s, fled Sudan's war-torn Darfur region to Khartoum, and then flew to Jordan.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 2 - 2016 KHARTOUM / OMDURMAN

Police and security forces dispersed two peaceful demonstrations in Khartoum and Omdurman on Monday. Students demonstrated against the ongoing war in Darfur and other conflicts in Sudan, while market traders demanded an end to the removal of their shops.

Affiliates of the United Popular Front (UPF) addressed the hundreds of students and delivered three speeches in the stadium in the Sudanese capital, Jackson square, and El Hurriya street in El Sug El Arabi neighbourhood.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

02 Feb 2016 description

Nairobi, 27 January 2016 – With the aim to further improve accessibility to information on climate and hazard data, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region.

02 Feb 2016 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Central African Republic, Sudan (Darfur), Syria and Yemen. The update also reiterates key recommendations to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on Afghanistan to inform ongoing conclusion negotiations, which started on January 27.