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South Darfur civilians still missing after deadly RSF market attack

November 18 - 2018 DERIBAT
RSF fighters (File photo)
RSF fighters (File photo)

Six people, including two children, are still missing after a ‘reprisal attack’ by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Deribat market in East Jebel Marra last week that left at least five civilians dead.

Relatives of the missing told Radio Dabanga that Hamid Mousa (35), Adam Haroun (42) and 28 Aisha Yousef (28) from Talaba village north of Deribat, Osman Hasan (12) and El Sadig (14) from Sony village west of Deribat have not been found since everyone fled Deribat market during the attack.

They appealed via Radio Dabanga on the authorities and humanitarian organisations to help them find their family members.

Attack

At least five civilians were reportedly killed by government troops and dozens were injured in an attack by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on civilians at the weekly Deribat market in East Jebel Marra, South Darfur on 12 November.

The motive behind the RSF attack appeared to be a reprisal on civilians after an ambush by the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW) on Sunday in the area of Jawa, 10 kilometres south of Deribat, in which 17 government troops were reportedly killed and an RSF vehicle was destroyed.

Children killed

As reported by Radio Dabanga last week, two children were killed and another was wounded in shelling by government forces stationed in Deribat area in East Jebel Marra, South Darfur.

A relative of one of the of the dead children told Radio Dabanga that the government troops stationed in Deribat area fired an explosive projectile on Tuesday evening that fell on a family who were having dinner at a farm east of Deribat. The blast killed five-year-old Salima Ibrahim Yahya and seven-year-old Abdel Karim Yahya Ahmed, and wounded another. The rest of the family were unhurt.

The commander of the RSF, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan (also known as Hemeti), has vowed to eliminate the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW) led by Abdel Wahid Nur in Jebel Marra in three months. The demand came in a statement following Hemeti’s recent visit to Zamzam camp for displaced people in North Darfur.

The general coordination of displaced people and refugee camps called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to include Hemeti on the list of those wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and to bring him to justice.


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