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Sudan’s militiamen kill over 70 people in Jebel Marra – Darfur rebels

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September 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Seventy four people were killed and ninety seven others wounded when militiamen loyal to the Sudanese government opened fire yesterday afternoon on a crowd in Tabra, a village in the northern part of Jebel Marra, a rebel group reported Friday.

janjaweed - from miafarrow.orgTabra, inhabited by farmers who cultivate the fertile area in Jebel Marra, is located in North Darfur state at 12 kilometers from Tawila and 75 kilometers from the state capital Al-Fasher, the headquarters of the hybrid peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in Darfur.

"The attack started at 2 o’clock pm on Thursday, the day of the weekly market (souk) of the village, and where a large crowd were gathered" said Abdel Rahman Nimir, military spokesperson of the Sudan Liberation Army loyal to Abdel Wahid Al-Nur.

"The assailants are led by a notorious militia leader called Al-Nur Ahmed," he added. The latter and his militia are based in Ome, a village at seven kilometers from Tabra.

Nimir said there were 18 schoolchildren among the 74 civilians killed during the attack. He indicated that the market is located at 20 meters from Tabra elementary school.

The spokesperson of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in statements on Friday to the government supported media Sudanese Media Center website (SMC) denied the attack.

Al-Sawarmi Khalid said troops belonging to the army were attacked by a group of bandits stressing that they repelled the attackers and killed 27 of them without elaborating. He further denied any attacks against any village.

UNAMID told Reuters they had unconfirmed reports about the death of 45 people in the attack.

"Our security received reports that armed men on camels and horses rode into the market area and indiscriminately began firing upon civilians," said Chris Cycmanick, the official spokesperson of the peacekeeping mission.

Cycmanick further said SLA rebels barred them from entering the village to investigate the incident.

However, the rebel spokesperson dismissed UNAMID statements asserting they had informed the peacekeepers in Tawila about the incident and urged them to intervene to protect the civilians who were in imminent danger.

"Again we call on the UNAMID to contact us and come to Tabra and we are ready to cooperate with them to accomplish their mandate in the protection of civilians not only there but in all the areas under our control" he stressed.

Regarding SAF statements, he said Sudanese army used to deny attacks in Jebel Marra. He also said they had no military presence among civilians’ settlements in Tabra or elsewhere.

Last July the International Criminal Court added genocide charges against Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. The later already faces seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in orchestrating extermination campaign against the African tribes of the Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa living in Sudan’s Darfur.

Nimir accused the assailants of robbery saying they captured all the vehicles and goods in Tabra market. "They also threatened to burn the neighboring villages," he said.

According to the rebel official, the grave cases among the 79 wounded civilians were transported to MSF dispensary in Tawila, and Al-Fasher.

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies called today on the international community to invest more efforts to protect civilians in the restive region of Darfur where over 300,000 people died, according to the UN agencies.

"The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies believes that these acts may constitute war crimes and calls on relevant UN representatives to initiate a full and thorough investigation, with both the local militia and SAF perpetrators held accountable," the group said.

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  • 4 September 2010 06:10, by DASODIKO

    On the begining of the month of Ramadan on Sudan tribune web, I have expressed my fear and concern that, more people in Darfur will die in this Ramadan. As a matter of fact; since 2001 when the pro-Arab Islamist regime in Khartoum started its genocide campaigns agaist indeginous Africans in Darfur, and according to my records and I hope UN review its list of those killed in Darfur,they will find that the numbers of people killed in past seven years’ months of Ramamdans exceeds the total number killed in the rest of the months of the seven years. Why??????? I need answer for such riddle!!!!
    On the other hand, why not the ruling National Congress Party would not kill people of Darfur since the US Special Envoy to Sudan Gration gave them such incentives of cookies and smile on excahange for the referandum of South Sudan which NCP also started f...ing it. Gration told NCP to people of Darfur as long as America is feeding them.
    On this regard, I %100 agree with Mr. Prendergast, the co-founder of the Enough Project on his opinion that the disagreements in Obama adminstartion over Sudan policies have severely undercut diplomatic efforts. he added that the divided U.S. policy is harming international efforts to achieve peace in Sudan. he further said that the absence of presidential clarity has left allies confused and the Sudanese regime. gleeful.
    Its really heart breaking incident that needs immdediate intervention from human loving people. But unfortunately all arround this world are became teethless before the wanted crimial Bashir and his proxy Janjaweeds. However; the freedom fighter who raised arms to protect their vulnerable families are handicapped by the pretending international policies of bringing peace for people of Darfur.Meanwhile they meant by this to keep the status -quo; due to conflicts of interest over lives of poor people. I personally believe the most among them are human tradors in a way arround.
    May God rest the souls of poor people of Darfur who are killed in cold blood in peace.

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    • 4 September 2010 06:34, by Gatwech

      Darfur leaders,

      The people of Darfur should demand forming their own independent country and get out of this bloody mess of the cursed united Sudan!

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  • 4 September 2010 08:45, by telfajbago

    It’s clear that Al-Bashir’s regime is using the same tactics of Saddam Hussein with the International Community. Tabra’s incident represent a permanent stain on the moral integrity of the UNAMID that claim unfounded protection of civilians in Darfur while Khartoum is waging all-out war in it’s ethnically animated genocide on the African people of Darfur. I believe; that our ignoble world is governed by interests but not moralities, and that is why President Obama backed down from his pledges made during his Presidential campaign to give Khartoum an opening and incentives to continue the genocide in Darfur. My humble advise to the people of Darfur and especially rebel leaders seek for an armament to arm every body capable of holding a gun in the region including women, because in Sudan the survival is only to the fittest but do not believe on what the world body will do to you, or else all people of African origin will perish.Because if the UNSC is serious to protect the civilians of Darfur, it would have established Civilian Protection Monitoring Team(CPMT) long ago.

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  • 4 September 2010 08:51, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    This to make Durfurians understand.

    Being deceived by Memorizing Quran don’t mean you are Arabs.
    Let those who used to comment in favor, saying we are Muslims and Arabs read this this.
    Let those Arab Militias continues killing them event let them use penises to make Durfurians ( African Tribes) understand

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  • 4 September 2010 09:03, by telfajbago

    Yesterday Sudan Government also attacked Al-Hameidiyya IDPs camp in Zalingei as a result five people were killed and twenty seven others were injured. The fate of uncounted numbers of IDPs until writing this comment is unknown. The IDPs camp was attacked from two sides.

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