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Gunmen kill 7 civilians in South Darfur

On 20 December 2018, UNAMID officially handed over the Mission's team site in Graida, South Darfur, to the Government of Sudan (UNAMID photo)April 13, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Gunmen killed 7 people who were returning Monday from a weekly market near Geraida, about 100 km south of Nyalaon Monday, the capital of South Darfur state.

"Militiamen wearing military uniform opened fire on a totok tricycle, 2 km south of Graida when people were returning from Saggar weekly market," said the General Coordination for Displaced Persons and Refugees Camps (GCDPRC) in a statement released on Tuesday.

The group which is supportive of the holdout SLM of Abdel Wahid al-Nur further said that 3 others were seriously wounded as a result of the shooting.

A complaint was filed to the police station in Graida and the victims were transferred to the hospital before burying the dead on Monday evening.

The deteriorating security situation and the attacks by militias "supported by a component of the transitional government have created a tragic humanitarian situation, further stressed the statement.

Different reports speak about the growing attacks on civilians and humanitarian groups by uncontrolled elements in Darfur.

On 3 April, gunmen carjacked an MSF ambulance, travelling from the Rokero area of Jabel Marra to El-Fasher Hospital in North Darfur State.

"The passengers, which included a pregnant woman who was being referred to hospital for emergency treatment, had all their belongings stolen and were left by the roadside in a remote location," said the medical humanitarian group.

The national security council decided this week to expedite the deployment of the 12000-troop joint force which includes former rebel groups signatory of the Juba peace agreement.

(ST)