UN Mission in Sudan News Bulletin - 31 May 2007

Situation Report
Originally published
Humanitarian and Security Situation in Darfur

South Darfur

A soldier from the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM) faction was killed and eight others injured in a road traffic accident involving the SLA/MM and AMIS near Labado (68 kilometres east of Nyala) on 30 May. In a subsequent shooting incident between the two parties, three AMIS were wounded. The SLA reportedly seized 13 vehicles, weapons and personal belongings from AMIS. Negotiations between AMIS and the SLA are ongoing. All casualties were evacuated to El Fasher for treatment.

West Darfur

Sheik Sheriff Bakheet Yahya, the leader of an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Elriyad, El Geneina, was stabbed by two individuals who were unhappy with distribution of non-food items in the camp. Police have arrested one suspected perpetrator and are searching for the second.

Five unknown armed men broke into the compound of an international non-governmental organization (INGO) about midnight at Nertiti (62 kilometres east of Zalingei) on 30 May and robbed staff members living there at gunpoint. No one was hurt, but they stole 7,500 SD and other personal items. The AU at Nertiti has sent a team to investigate.

IDPs in Nertiti camp held a demonstration on 30 May while the Wali of West Darfur was visiting the town on his way to Nyala. The Wali's militia and some security forces began shooting in the air to disperse the demonstration. One woman was killed and three others reportedly injured. The AU at Nertiti sent a team to investigate.

Two unknown armed men stopped an INGO Land Cruiser returning from El Hamidiya IDP camp to Zalingei on 30 May. They abducted the driver and the national female staff member at gunpoint and drove west. UNDSS informed the police and local commissioner about the incident, but the two staff members and vehicle are still missing.

Humanitarian and Security Situation in Southern Sudan and Transitional Areas

UN Police at Maridi, Western Equatoria state, reported the death of Police Advisor Zia Khan (Pakistan) in a Cairo hospital on 29 May. Mr. Khan had left Maridi for his leave on 18 May and was admitted to hospital on 23 May.

The Kadugli-Dilling road in Southern Kordofan state was closed by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and police due to tribal tensions on 29 and 30 May. One person was reportedly killed following a clash between the Naila and Khalfan tribes in Derbi (50 kilometres north of Kadugli).

An SPLA soldier opened fire in Abyei market with an AK-47 for unknown reasons, killing one civilian. He also wounded a civilian, a Sudan Armed Forces soldier and two other SPLA soldiers. The soldier then shot himself and is reportedly in a coma. All staff from UN agencies, UNMIS and INGOs was relocated to the UNMIS camp for several hours for their security.

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