Sudan Gunmen Kill Six Near Camp for Darfur Displaced, UN Reports

Six people, including two children, were shot dead by local tribes in Sudan’s western Darfur region, near a camp for civilians displaced by recent fighting between rebels and government forces, the United Nations said.

An unconfirmed number of other people, including a peacekeeper with the UN-African Union mission in Darfur, were injured in the incident in Sortony, North Darfur state, which followed a rise in tensions between the displaced and tribesmen over cattle raiding, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Marta Ruedas said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement.

Clashes between Sudan’s army and SLA-Abdul Wahid insurgents that flared in the nearby Jebel Marra area in January have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

Rebels in Darfur took up arms in 2003, accusing President Umar al-Bashir’s government of neglecting the region. The conflict has led to the deaths of as many as 300,000 people, mainly due to illness and starvation, with about 2.5 million currently displaced, according to UN estimates.

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