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Army accused of assaulting refugees

November 2 - 2011 EL GENEINA

Displaced people were heading back home from the Mornei Tuesday market

Sudanese army personnel gathered and beat a group of displaced people in West Darfur's Mornei camp on Tuesday, witnesses told Radio Dabanga.

Five men in military uniforms allegedly used sticks and whips to beat refugees when they were walking back to their homes from the Tuesday market.

Four of the perpetrators were reportedly on camels and the fifth was riding a horse.

One witness told Radio Dabanga, “The men beat refugees severely and wounded a number of them. Some are seriously injured seriously and have been taken to the hospital to receive treatment.”

He added that one of those injured was a woman who was in the seventh month of her pregnancy.

The witness said that such attacks were a regular feature, especially on the days of the market. “We do not dare inform the UNAMID (United Nations African Mission in Darfur) about these incidents because in the past people who have complained have been arrested. The UNAMID also doesn't move in any area in Mornei without the permission of the Sudanese police,” he added.

Fire breaks out in Mornei

Meanwhile, a fire broke out in Mornei refugee camp on Wednesday which burned down nine houses. Witness accounts attributed the fire to some children who were playing inside the homes.

“Nobody was hurt in the fire, it was extinguished by throwing in a lot of mud,” a witness told Radio Dabanga.

Policeman shoots colleague

In another violent incident in West Darfur, a policeman reportedly shot at his colleague in Habila police station on Wednesday, an authoritative source told Radio Dabanga.

The source, who does not wish to be named, told Radio Dabanga that the policeman Faisal Haroon fired several shots at his colleague Idriss Jibril during the morning assembly.

Jibril sustained serious injuries in his head, abdomen and shoulder, and was rushed to the El Geneina hospital for treatment.

The source said that Faisal Haroon had spotted his wife with his colleague outside his home, which could be the reason behind the attack.


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