6 February 2013

Sudan: Bombings 'Intensify' in North Darfur, One Killed and 10 Wounded

East Jebel Marra — One woman was killed and at least 10 others were wounded as a result of "government bombings" in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Wednesday. Sources affirm shelling by the Sudan Air Force has "intensified" in the area lately.

Civilians who managed to escape the bombardments told Radio Dabanga an Antonov dropped bombs on a well at the Dalma area as they were fetching water with their livestock at 11:30am.

A woman called Suleiman Adam was killed along with several livestock, including two donkeys, goats, cows and sheep.

The exact amount of human and animal casualties is not yet clear, as those who survived the shelling fled in different directions and have not yet returned to Dalma.

Burned down

Before shelling Dalma, the Sudan Air Force bombed the villages of Kiro and Sharafa, which were "burned down" as a result, onlookers say.

Immediately after the bombardments, pro-government militias coming from El-Fasher and from Shangil Tobay allegedly "cleaned up the region", sources say. They attacked civilians and "looted their cattle and their personal belongings".

The group coming from El-Fasher was led by al-Hadi Abdullah Abulbasher and the one from Shangil Tobay by Ibrahim Abdur, witnesses added.

Sources told Radio Dabanga that the "intensified bombings" in East Jebel Marra are inciting much "horror and panic among the population", who is fleeing to valleys, mountains or are hiding under trees "to save their lives".

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