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Sudan to send more troops to Darfur after deadly attacks

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About 300,00 people died and two million were displaced during the conflict in Darfur, the UN says

The Sudanese government is sending more troops to the restive Darfur region, following a spike in violence there.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the forces would protect people during the farming season.

Unidentified gunmen killed more than 60 people in the region on Saturday, and another 20 the day before, the UN said.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died in fighting between government forces and rebels since 2003. Millions have been forced from their homes.

More than a decade later, people finally started returning home in time for this year’s July-November planting season after a government-sponsored deal was reached two months ago.

But this has led a new conflict over land rights between the people who took over the land with those who have returned.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Mohanad Hashim is one of the first journalists to travel freely in the region in a decade

In the latest upsurge, several villages were burned, and markets and shops looted, said the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“The escalation of violence in different parts of Darfur region is leading to increased displacement, compromising the agricultural season, causing loss of lives and livelihoods and driving growing humanitarian needs,” it said in a statement.

No group has so far said it carried out the attacks.

Former President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown last year, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide in the region.

Last week, the 76-year-old went on trial in Sudan’s capital Khartoum in connection with the 1989 military coup that brought him to power.

He could face the death penalty if found guilty.

Bashir has already been convicted of corruption.



Source – www.bbc.co.uk

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Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

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