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Sudan: Security incidents reported at several camps in West Darfur

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 8 July 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

We just received news that there have been some security incidents this morning in several camps for the internally displaced around El Geneina in West Darfur. The incidents erupted as a registration exercise for food distribution was starting. The registration is conducted by WFP, with UNHCR ensuring the inclusion of vulnerable displaced people among the displaced. Initial reports from UNHCR staff indicate that as people were lining up to be registered, some groups of young men armed with sticks and stones began attacking aid workers who were supervising the registration. UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF as well as all NGOs withdrew from most of the camps, which include Krindring I and II, Ardamata, Dorti and Abu Zar. Some of our teams are being escorted back to El Geneina by African Union forces. Some minor injuries have been reported as well as damage to vehicles. But we're still awaiting further details. There are an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 internally displaced in camps around El Geneina. In all, about 2 million people are displaced in Darfur.