Darfur attack wounds Sudan war crimes suspect

Updated 09 July 2013
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Darfur attack wounds Sudan war crimes suspect

KHARTOUM: A suspect wanted for war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur has been left wounded after an attack which reportedly killed two of his men, sources in the region’s largest city Nyala said yesterday.
Ali Kushayb, a former commander of the feared Janjaweed militia, was attacked on Sunday during battles in the city, which state officials blamed on “differences” between members of the security forces.
“It’s Kushayb who was injured,” one source said, referring to the man who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.
“Not sure what the injuries are,” but Kushayb was to be transferred to Khartoum, the source added, asking for anonymity.
The urban warfare which first erupted in Nyala on Wednesday night has killed at least eight people and wounded more than 20, according to official media.
Among the dead are two Sudanese workers from the aid group World Vision. As a result of the fighting, food aid to an estimated 400,000 needy people in the area will be disrupted, the World Food Programme said.

Kushayb was hurt as residents ran for their lives during fresh fighting and looting in Nyala on Sunday.
The state-run Radio Omdurman reported late Sunday that Kushayb “was saved from assassination” but did not say he was wounded.
His driver and guard were killed, the report said.
Kushayb is wanted by The Hague-based ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed earlier in the decade-long Darfur conflict.
On Sunday afternoon, a witness saw an ambulance under police guard at the Nyala hospital, where onlookers said an “important person” was to be transferred to Khartoum.
A Nyala resident said the city was calm on Monday but “many shops have been looted and burned.”
The violence adds to what the United Nations says is a worsening security situation in Sudan’s vast western region.
Fighting in Nyala was sparked when security forces allegedly killed a notorious local bandit who was also an officer in the paramilitary Central Reserve Police.
Darfuri members of the Reserve formerly belonged to the Janjaweed, a government-backed militia which shocked the world with atrocities against ethnic minority civilians suspected of supporting rebels.
The ethnic minority rebels began their uprising against the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime in 2003.
Security problems have been compounded by inter-tribal fighting, kidnappings, carjackings and other crimes, many suspected to be the work of government-linked militia and paramilitary groups.
In February, a UN panel of experts reported “some incidents in which former members of government militias have forcibly expressed their discontent with the current government, especially against the backdrop of rising inflation and unemployment.”
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UN pushes for truce and aid at Yemen talks

Updated 12 December 2018
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UN pushes for truce and aid at Yemen talks

  • Askar Zaeel, a member of the government delegation, said his camp would hold firm to UN Security Council Resolution 2216
  • Multiple draft proposals have been submitted to the two delegations over the past week

RIMBO, Sweden: With 24 hours left before the scheduled close of UN-brokered talks on Yemen, mediators pushed Wednesday for a truce between warring parties as a crucial step to allow aid deliveries.
Mediators are seeking a de-escalation of violence in two flashpoint cities: Houthi-held Hodeidah, a port city vital to the supply of humanitarian aid, and Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city, scene of some of the war’s most intense fighting.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was due in Rimbo late Wednesday for Thursday’s closing round of consultations.
Both government and militia representatives traded accusations of unwillingness to negotiate, particularly on militia-held Hodeida, the main route for 90 percent of food imports and nearly 80 percent of aid deliveries.
Multiple draft proposals have been submitted to the two delegations over the past week. None have found consensus as yet.
“I think there is some progress, even if it’s with much difficulty. It’s slow progress,” Houthi representative Abdelmalik Al-Ajri told AFP. “We are faced with the intransigence of the other side.
“Things should become clearer today.”
Askar Zaeel, a member of the government delegation, said his camp would hold firm to UN Security Council Resolution 2216 — which calls for the Houthis to withdraw from all areas seized in a 2014 takeover, including Hodeidah.
Iran supports the militia politically but denies supplying them with arms.