SUDAN WATCH: UNAMID: Security Situation in Darfur 30 June 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

UNAMID: Security Situation in Darfur 30 June 2009

Darfur/UNAMID Daily Media Brief
Source: United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, June 30, 2009 (via APO)
Security Situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur is reported to be relatively calm.

UNAMID military conducted a total of 100 patrols including confidence-building, escort patrols, night patrols and investigation patrol covering fifty two (52) villages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. Similarly, UNAMID Police advisers conducted 129 patrols in and around the villages and IDP Camps.

Attack on a UNAMID Formed Police Unit

Members of the Nigerian Formed Police Unit (FPU) came under attack yesterday at about 1515 hours by unknown gunmen in Ardamata area, near UNAMID camp in the West Darfur capital of El Geneina. The Commander of the FPU was shot in the leg and was taken to the Mission’s hospital for treatment by members of the convoy. The wounded officer is in a stable condition.

Advance Party of Ethiopian Battalion Arrives By Road

An advance party of the second Ethiopian battalion has arrived in the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) by road, covering a distance of more than 1,800 kilometres.

This is the first time ever that a troop contributing country has undertaken such a venture and the Ethiopians carried transportation and equipment, including 76 transport vehicles, 20 support vehicles, as well as 39 drivers and logistics specialists. The second team of the advance party carrying 61 vehicles and equipment, supported by 149 personnel is expected to arrive in the Mission on Saturday 4 July.

When fully deployed, the battalion will be based in Graida in South Darfur and El Geneina in West Darfur. The main body of the battalion will be deployed in the Mission area at the end of August 2009.

Currently, Ethiopia’s contribution to UNAMID consists of an infantry battalion and engineering unit, as well as multi-role, reconnaissance and transport companies deployed in El Geneina and Kulbus in West Darfur.

On 31 July 2007, United Nations Security Council resolution 1769 (2007) authorized the establishment of UNAMID and set the Mission’s strength at 19,555 military personnel, including 360 military observers and liaison officers; an appropriate civilian component, including up to 3,772 police personnel; and 19 formed police units, comprising up to 140 personnel each.



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