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RSF storm police station to retrieve camels

August 28 - 2018 TABIT
A camel and a vehicle with military or paramilitary men are seen in the middle of the road at the entrance of Zamzam camp in El Fasher, North Darfur (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
A camel and a vehicle with military or paramilitary men are seen in the middle of the road at the entrance of Zamzam camp in El Fasher, North Darfur (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

Members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have reportedly stormed the police station in Tabit, North Darfur, to retrieve camels that were seized following damage to farms.

Several farmers told Radio Dabanga that they filed a complaint against the destruction of a vast area of farmland by camels near Tabit in Tawila locality.

Camel herders had driven the herds there to graze. The local police seized about 150 camels and took them to the police station.

A group of RSF members then stormed the police station to rtreive the camels under force of arms. A farmer said that the RSF drove two vehicles and were under the command of a RSF lieutenant. “The camels were freed in full view of the authorities,” he said.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Herders and farmers

Earlier this month a woman farmer was killed and four other farmers were injured in an attack by armed herders on farms south of Tabit.

Farmers in Tawila locality, popularly known as eastern Jebel Marra, are often attacked by militant herders who want to use their farms as pasture. Displaced returning to their area of origin complain about new settlers who occupy their villages.


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