Aid worker killed in Darfur

Updated 05 July 2013
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Aid worker killed in Darfur

KHARTOUM: An aid worker was killed yesterday during fighting in the largest city of Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, a humanitarian source told AFP.
“One killed and three (wounded),” said the source, adding that the wounded were receiving treatment at the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) hospital in Nyala city.
The source said the victims appeared to be Sudanese but it was not immediately clear how the incident happened.
It occurred during a resumption of fighting in the center of the city — Sudan’s second-largest — after the killing overnight of a notorious local bandit who was also a paramilitary officer.
The fighting came as the United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous visited Darfur, where there has been an upsurge of violence this year.
Continuous gunfire could be heard over the telephone as an AFP correspondent spoke with a resident of Nyala on Thursday.
The shooting appeared to be coming from the downtown area where security forces headquarters are located, the resident said, adding that people had to run for cover near the city market.
Fighting began on Wednesday night when a carjacker was killed, leading his group to retaliate against government forces, sources familiar with the incident said.
After the initial battle, the security forces reinforced their compounds in the city, the sources said. “There were huge explosions heard, and gunfire” during the Wednesday night clash, one resident said.

 


Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

Updated 10 min 40 sec ago
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Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

BEIRUT: Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal.
Under the agreement, the rebels are allowed to move with their families to opposition-held areas in the country’s north, effectively surrendering their turf to Syrian government forces.
The state SANA news agency says the Army of Islam fighters and their families are leaving the town of Dumayr on Thursday. The report says 1,500 rebels and 3,500 of their next of kin are to leave Dumayr for the town of Jarablus, near the Turkish border.
Dumayr is in the Qalamoun mountains, near the eastern Ghouta region which came under full government control last week after a weeks-long offensive and an alleged chemical weapons attack.