‘Several dead and injured in Darfur air raid’: witnesses

EAST JEBEL MARRA (3 Sep.) - An unknown number of people have reportedly been killed and injured in a sustained aerial bombardment, allegedly by Antonov aircraft of the Sudanese Air Force, in parts of Darfur’s |East Jebel Marra on Monday and Tuesday.

Multiple witnesses told Radio Dabanga that areas of Abu Hamra, Hafara, Dubbo Al Omda and south-east Al Malam were hit in the raid that began at about 3pm on Monday and was reportedly sustained until Tuesday evening.

The exact number of casualties has not been ascertained, as residents have apparently fled in all directions, many taking cover in the surrounding mountains and valleys.

One man who fled the Dubbo Al Omda area told Radio Dabanga that the eight-year-old Yahya Yaqoub Saleh, as well as Adam Abkar Mohamed, and Dar Es Salaam Omar Saleh, were killed as they moved towards their farm on Tuesday morning. He reported that 45 head of cattle and three donkeys were also killed.

Several listeners called our station to report hearing loud explosions and seeing plumes of smoke rising from the areas hit towards Tuesday evening.

They appealed via Radio Dabanga to the UN “to impose a no-fly zone in Darfur and document the crimes committed by the regime”.