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New settlers torch village in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

June 30 - 2015 EAST JEBEL MARRA
A militant herder in Darfur (file photo)
A militant herder in Darfur (file photo)

A group of militant new settlers set fire to Numeira village on Sunday.

“The attackers torched the 150 houses of the abandoned village at about 10 pm,” an eyewitness told Radio Dabanga from the area.

“The population had fled attacks by the paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces earlier this year,” he explained. The three elderly people who remained in the village now left too.”

On 19 June, Radio Dabanga reported that up to ten thousand settlers have taken plots in deserted areas in East Jebel Marra. The newcomers were identified by local pastoralists as members of Arab militias and migrants from Chad, Mali and Niger. Several eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga that they spotted paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) roaming around to protect the new inhabitants.

More than hundred thousand people from East Jebel Marra, mainly Fur, abandoned their homes after government bombardments and attacks by the RSF on their villages.

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