Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari
Khartoum, 8 October 2012. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, condemned today’s indiscriminate mortar shelling in the South Kordofan state capital, Kadugli.
According to reports, mortar rounds landed near the Kadugli office of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a local school and a local police station. It is unclear at this stage if there are any civilian casualties. No UN staff have been reported injured, however UN staff in Kadugli have been relocated to the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei base as a precautionary measure.
At the time of the shelling, Kadugli was hosting a peace conference with up to 600 delegates, including many school children.
“This attack on civilian and UN premises is reprehensible and constitutes a violation of International Humanitarian Law,” said Mr Al-Za’tari.