September 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Darfur Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) said today that government militias in the region have attacked another settlement killing six people and wounded 28 others.
The report comes less than twenty four hours following the killing over seventy people in Tabra village, in the northern part of Jebel Marra, located in north Darfur state.
Sudanese government denied the attack in Tabra and accused the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur (SLA-AW) of attacking its troops in the region but the rebels dismissed the attack saying such statements aim to cover atrocities against civilians.
“Since Saturday at midnight militiamen attacked Al-Hamidiya camp, near Zalingei in West Darfur state killing six IDPs,” a resident who declined to be identified told Sudan Tribune. He added the attackers are camping now at some kilometers from the camp and they expect new assaults at any time.
He further regretted that sluggish reaction of the UNAMID peacekeepers to their calls. “We called the hybrid forces to intervene and protect the civilians but they just arrived three hours after the end of the attack at 03:00 pm,” he said.
He further said they refused to allow them and the Red Cross workers to take the injured IDPs because the Sudanese government arrests the wounded once they are transported to the hospitals.
The United Nations estimates that 2.7 million people fled their homeland and live now in IDPs or refugee camps. The International Criminal Court (ICC) added genocide charges against President Omer Al-Bashir who faces counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
UNAMID confirmed the attack but said ignoring the identity of the assailants.
“We don’t know who was behind it,” said UNAMID spokesman Chris Cycmanick in statements to Reuters.
Speaking to the government sponsored SMC, Zalingeigi commissioner Abdalla Mohamed El-Amin accused the SLA fighters loyal to Abdel Wahid Al-Nur of attacking the residents. He added the latter are favorable to the peace process.
But the SLA spokesperson Abdel Rahman Nimir dismissed the accusations saying Khartoum tries to misinform the public opinion and mislead the international community.
“We urge an international investigation over these attacks to determine who is behind these attacks,” he said. “We have tangible evidences to prove government responsibility of these atrocities against civilians,” he added.
The rebel official also urged the international agencies to provide the needed humanitarian assistance to the affected people.
SLA-AW rebels are not part of the peace process held in Doha. The rebel group demands the disarmament of the government militias and return of displaced people to their homeland. Last July Al-Nur met in Paris with the Qatari state minister for foreign affairs and the Joint Chief Mediator and pledged to join the peace process.
The Sudanese government adopted recently a new strategy aiming to resettle the IDPs and to establish recovery and development projects. But the move is criticized by the rebels who accuse the government of working to close the IDPs camps and committing further atrocities against them.