Darfur Peacekeepers Find Attacked Village ‘Deserted’

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region say a village that was reportedly attacked last week is now “completely deserted.”

The U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, said Thursday that a team visited the Sigli village in North Darfur state this week to verify the attack.

The mission says the team found burnt houses, killed animals, and other acts of destruction. It says the team also noticed “apparent signs of an abrupt departure.”

UNAMID says according to reports it received, an attack on civilians in Sigli November 2 resulted in fatalities, the abduction of one person and widespread population displacement.

The mission is urging Sudan's government to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the unidentified perpetrators to justice.

Rebels in Darfur have been fighting Sudan's government since 2003. UNAMID noted that most current violence in Darfur is due to inter-communal fighting and armed groups attacking civilians. It says clashes between rebel groups and the government is sporadic.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and genocide in Darfur. It accuses him of masterminding a campaign of rape, murder and other crimes against civilians in the region. Sudan rejects the charges.