SUDAN WATCH: 30 armed militiamen attacked Hassa Hissa camp, nr Zalingei, W. Darfur 3 Dec 08, setting ablaze 5 water pumps

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

30 armed militiamen attacked Hassa Hissa camp, nr Zalingei, W. Darfur 3 Dec 08, setting ablaze 5 water pumps

Note that the town of Zalingei in Darfur, W. Sudan is SLM rebel group leader Abdel Wahid Mohammed Nur's birthplace and one of the most politicised places in Darfur.

Why Abdel Wahid Mohammed Nur is permitted to direct the Darfur war from the safety of his armchair in Paris, France is beyond my understanding.

UN SENDS TEAM TO SUBDUE VIOLENCE AT DARFUR CAMP

December 03 2008 Bloomberg report by Heba Aly in Khartoum - excerpt:
The United Nations sent a team of armed peacekeepers to a camp for people displaced by war in Sudan’s western Darfur region to calm violence between residents and militia members.

A “quarrel” erupted on Dec. 1 between two so-called Janjaweed militiamen armed with a rifle and residents of the Hassa Hissa camp near the western Darfur town of Zalingei, the UN-led mission, known as Unamid, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. One camp resident was injured, a militiaman was severely beaten and later died, while the surviving militiaman was taken into police custody, Unamid said.

“As a result of the incident, about 30 armed Janjaweed marched toward the camp today, shooting sporadically in the air,” Unamid said. The militia set ablaze five water pumps supplying the camp. Another camp resident received a minor injury during the second incident.
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ONE MILITIAMAN KILLED AFTER DISPUTE WITH DARFUR IDPs

December 02, 2008 Sudan Tribune report from El Fasher, Darfur:
A member of the Khartoum backed janjaweed was killed yesterday following a dispute with the IDPs in western Sudan. The incident raised tension in the area as some 30 militia members attacked the camp.

Two militiamen armed with one rifle tried on Monday to take a pump from of the boreholes of Hassa Hissa Camp, near Zalingei West Darfur. But they quarrelled with the residents who tried to prevent them.

One militiaman "was severely beaten and later died," said the UNAMID in its today briefing. Also one displaced sustained a minor injury, while the survival militiaman is arrested by the Sudanese police.

On Tuesday and as result of yesterday’s death around 30 militiamen, seeking revenge, marched towards the camp shooting in the air sporadically. Yet the Janjaweed destroyed five water pumps supplying the camp of Hassa Hissa.

A team of the joint peacekeeping force arrived to the camp to calm the situation and continues to monitor it to avoid any escalation.

The Sudanese police and the former African troops (AMIS) had been forced to pullout of the camp following the rejection of Darfur Peace Agreement in May 2006 by the Abdel Wahid Al-Nur.

Zalingei is Al-Nur’s birthplace and one of the most politicised places in Darfur. (ST)

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