South Sudan

Sudan warplanes bomb, kill 14 in Darfur


The Joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has confirmed the dropping of 10 bombs which led to the killing of 14 civilians and the wounding of 18 others in Rowata, Central Darfur, on 1 April.

According to a UN spokesperson, yesterday, a verification patrol was dispatched to Rowata.

While at the village, the team witnessed another aerial bombardment, consisting of five bombs dropped close to where they were standing.

“The UN Mission strongly condemns such aerial bombings, which cause widespread death, destruction and displacement of populations,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile in South Sudan, around 4,500 people have recently sought shelter on the premises of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Malakal, Upper Nile state, the spokesperson for the Secretary-General said during a press briefing at Headquarters.

The new arrivals bring the total number of civilians in that site close to 26,000, with a total of 115,000 sheltering in UN compounds elsewhere in the country.

That takes the number of displaced people being sheltered in UN compounds to its highest level since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

Despite that lugubrious statistic, new displacements of population continue to be reported by the UN’s humanitarian partners in other parts of the country, including 31,000 in Jonglei state, and the total number displaced around the country is around 1.5 million, with a further half a million people forced to flee the country.

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