UN mission is investigating acts of violence that have killed 17 people in Darfur

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A Sudanese demonstrator from the Darfur region waves a Sudanese national flag from atop a bus as he arrives to be part of a mass anti-government protest outside Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission said on Thursday it was investigating violent incidents this week in the war-torn region of Darfur, which has killed 17 people.

The committee said doctors near the protest movement in the country Tuesday that nine people were killed Monday in the hands of militias in Aldalj village in the state of central Darfur (west), which is witnessing a conflict waged since 2003. The committee accused doctors Janjaweed militias of committing a “massacre”.

The Janjawid militias, which human rights groups accuse of widespread abuses in Darfur, have been integrated into the paramilitary rapid support forces in Sudan.

On Thursday, a UN and African Union peacekeeping mission deployed in Darfur since 2007 said it had sent a team to the village of Dalj to investigate the bloody events.

The mission said in a statement that “the mission met with people affected and local authorities confirmed the death of 17 people and injuring 15 others and burning more than 100 homes.”

She said the violence had flared between “nomadic people and an angry population probably because of rising commodity prices in the domestic market.”

Since 2003, the vast territory in western Sudan, which is the size of France, has witnessed an armed conflict between the Khartoum forces on the one hand and rebels from ethnic minorities who accuse the Bashir regime of marginalization.

The war in the province has left more than 300,000 dead and 2.5 million homeless, according to the United Nations.

The Janjaweed militias were introduced after Khartoum trained and armed Arab residents to confront the rebels.

Militias were then sent to attack the villages on horses and camels for a campaign of intimidation that led the ICC to indict former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur between 2003 and 2008.

Violence in Darfur has declined in recent years, but there were sudden violence on April 13 in the Kalma refugee camp, killing 14 people, official media reported.

The militias were integrated into the rapid support forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Diklu, vice-chairman of the military junta that governs Sudan after Bashir’s ouster in April.

Some accused the swift support force, which emanates from the Janjaweed militia in Darfur, of having dispersed on June 3 the sit-in in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum, which were blamed for the subsequent repression and death toll.

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