Reports on the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Sudan and South Sudan, Yemen, and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
Sudan and South Sudan
“The government of South Sudan has launched an official petition to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), demanding immediate withdrawal of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from parts of the south, a minister announced on Tuesday…”
SAF increase presence in Darfur and border counties—Radio Dabanga
“SAF spokesperson, Col. Sawarmi Khalid, announced that the gathering of any rebel fronts, whether the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Abdul Wahid or Minawi’s movements or any ally of theirs, would immediately become the target of the SAF. El-Sawarmi also announced the intensification of SAF troops across all sectors of Darfur’s three states, in addition to an increase of checkpoints and the doubling of the number of forces along the South Sudan border and border counties…”
SPLM-N accuses govt of bombing South Kordofan—Radio Dabanga
“The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) accused government troops on Wednesday of bombing cities of Kauda, Baram and neighboring villages in South Kordofan…”
Ocampo: Sudanese govt will be held accountable—Radio Dabanga
“Luis Maureno Ocampo, prosecutor at The Hague International Criminal Court (ICC), assured in an interview with Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese government will, sooner or later, be held accountable for its crimes before the court…”
“The Commissioner of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, has said that AU is committed to maintaining the immunity of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir, and that of other African presidents, in the face of actions by the International Criminal Court (ICC)…”
“The Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula on Tuesday announced that his government will not host the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting that was to be dedicated for discussions on the Sudan issues…”
“The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Tuesday slammed statements made by a Sudanese official in which he said that Khartoum did not participate in a Washington workshop that discussed peace in Darfur in order not to give rebel groups legitimacy…”
“Tijani el-Sissi, chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) said today in Khartoum that peace in Darfur depends on the return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their place of origin or choice and closure of IDPs camps in Darfur…”
Jonglei, S. Sudan: 40 people killed in village raid—Sudan Tribune
“At least 40 people are dead and 30 injured following an attack on Monday on Akot village, Jonglei state, a local chief told the Sudan Tribune at the scene on Tuesday…”
Democratic Republic of Congo
Congo Residents Apprehensive While Awaiting Election Results—Voice of America
“Tensions are rising in the Democratic Republic of Congo as returns from last week’s presidential election trickle in. Incumbent President Joseph Kabila is still expected to win, having taken 46 percent of the vote with more than two-thirds of the count complete…”
DRC Awaits Election Results—Voice of America
“With most of the votes counted, Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila appears headed for re-election, though full results have been delayed until Thursday…”
“A surge in violence in the restive Syrian city of Homs has killed up to 50 people in the past 24 hours, leaving dozens of bodies in the streets, activists said Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cited witnesses as saying 34 bodies were dumped in the streets of Homs on Monday night. Homs-based activist Mohammed Saleh said there was a spate of kidnappings and killings in the city earlier Monday…”
“The United States called for a new regime of tolerance and freedom in Syria on Tuesday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad battled fighters infiltrating the country to join the growing rebel army trying to overthrow him…”
Clinton Meets with Syrian Opposition—Voice of America
“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with senior Syrian National Council members in Geneva to discuss their specific ideas for transitioning toward democracy, especially any ideas that include reaching out to minorities…”
Assad Denies Responsibility for Protest Deaths in Syria—Voice of America
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied he ordered the killing of thousands of anti-government protesters, telling a U.S. journalist he does not control the forces implementing his country’s brutal crackdown…”
UN Condemns Civilian Toll in Yemen Fighting—Voice of America
“U.N. agencies are voicing concern about the suffering of civilians during battles between Yemen’s army and tribal fighters in the southern city of Taiz. The United Nations says more than 20 people have been killed and 80 injured since December 1…”
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