Sudan: UN mission reports continuing attacks on aid convoys in Darfur

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The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reports that attacks are continuing on humanitarian convoys operated by international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's strife-torn Darfur region.

On Tuesday, an unknown armed man shot at a vehicle in South Darfur hired by an international NGO, while in West Darfur, two men stopped an international NGO convoy made up of two vehicles with five staff members, and robbed them of personal effects and communication equipment.

Also in West Darfur, an international NGO vehicle with four staff members was carjacked on Tuesday. All staff members were rescued by Government police, UNMIS said.

Meanwhile, the Mission also reports that Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun today concluded a two-day visit to the capitals of the three Darfur States.

During the trips to Nyala, El Geneina and El Fasher, he met with UN staff to brief them on the recent agreement on the deployment of a hybrid operation in Darfur and on the coordination of UN support to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) in preparation for the hybrid operation.

Mr. Zerihoun also met with local Government officials to discuss the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur and recent political developments.

Last week, the Sudanese Government announced its acceptance of a proposal for a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping operation to be deployed in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others displaced since clashes erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups.