Continued bombing and shelling of Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

from Radio Dabanga
Published on 12 Sep 2013 View Original

EAST JEBEL MARRA (12 Sep.) - The Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) has allegedly continued bombing Darfur’s East Jebel Marra for the third day in a row, as well as shelling with heavy artillery. Security services have closed the main road between the Zam Zam displaced camp and Tabet, leading to Fanga and Dirbat, three days ago.

Witnesses who fled told Radio Dabanga that on Thursday, MiG fighters and Antonov planes continued their bombardments of the areas of Kira, Sabi and Jabel Korgi, for the third day in a row.

They said that on Thursday, the shelling continued from 8am till 11am, creating huge fear and leading to most of the residents to flee to the valleys. Others fled to Zam Zam camp, near El Fasher, the capital of north Darfur.

The people fleeing the attacks have allegedly been exposed to heavy abuse by security men in the Umm Hashaba region and by ‘Abu Tira’ forces at the gate of the Zam Zam camp. Women have been harassed, others were beaten, heavily insulted, and their possessions taken, on the pretext that they are supporting the armed rebel movements.

The witnesses confirmed the killing of 54 sheep and cattle and 15 camels. They claim that government forces stationed in the Tabet area continued shelling villages and valleys west and north of Tabet for the third day in a row. The shelling usually starts at sunset and continues until the early hours of the following day.