8 February 2008 -- Press Statement by UNAMID Force Commander on today's attack in Western Darfur
UNAMID Press Release No/12/2008
8 February 2008
Press Statement by UNAMID Force Commander and Chairman of the Darfur Ceasefire Commission, General ML Agwai on Today’s Attacks in Western Darfur
El Fasher --- It is with great concern that I have received reports of attacks today by Government forces against villages to the north of Al Geneina in Western Darfur. Many houses in the village of Abu Souruj have been burned and from initial information it appears there has been loss of life. Attacks have also been reported in Sirba, and there are allegations of aerial bombing in Silea village.
I appeal for an immediate halt to these attacks. In addition to the loss of life and damage to property, there is the potential for displacement of large numbers of villagers, compounding an already critical humanitarian situation.
It is important that all sides show full restraint at this time, and that space be allowed for immediate mediation. Peace in Darfur has to prevail.
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