Ja'afar Abdelhakam, the Governor of Central Darfur, announced the activation of emergency laws across the state, starting next Monday. Regular security forces will be granted “all powers” to reduce the criminality rate. “The security issues have exhausted citizens of the state in the past two months.”
Seven people were killed and others wounded in an attack by paramilitaries of the Border Guards and the Central Reserve Police (locally known as Abu Tira) on six villages in Mellit locality, North Darfur, on Sunday.
Multiple sources reported to Radio Dabanga from the locality that a large group of militiamen, belonging to the Ziyadiya tribe, riding in 17 Land Cruisers, and attacked villages populated by people from the Berti tribe.
Three displaced women sustained various injuries in an attack by militiamen near Shangil Tobaya camp in North Darfur’s Tawila locality on Saturday. In Central Darfur, a group of gunmen pillaged the market of Nierteti in Central Darfur.
“Those Janjaweed intercepted the women, aged 18, 29 and 32 years, when were on their way to collect firewood north of the camp. They severely beat them,” Omda Mukhtar Bosh, coordinator of the Tawila camps for the displaced reported to Radio Dabanga.
At least six people were killed and nine others injured on Saturday, in clashes that broke out between Rizeigat and Habaniya tribesmen in Sunta locality, bordering East Darfur.
Ali El Taher Sharef, deputy-governor of East Darfur, told reporters in the state capital of Ed Daein that a group of gunmen had stolen a number of cows belonging to the Habaniya.
The victims formed a “rescue team” that left to track the thieves and restore the stolen cattle. Yet, they were shot in an ambush. Four team members were killed and others were wounded.
Measles is rapidly spreading among adults in the densely populated Zamzam camp for the displaced, near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.
“More and more adults are stricken, as measles are being transmitted from the children in the camp,” an activist told Radio Dabanga from the camp. “During the past weeks, seven women, three of them breast-feeding, died of the disease.”
He appealed via Radio Dabanga to all the displaced in Zamzam to have their children vaccinated at the various health centres in the camp that hosts more than 150,000 displaced.