Major headlines coming out of Syria, Yemen, Sudan and South Sudan, and the 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.

Syria

Syrian rebels kill 27 soldiers in south—Reuters

“Army deserters killed 27 soldiers in southern Syria on Thursday, an activist group said, in some of the deadliest attacks on forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of an uprising nine months ago…”

Syrian defectors tell of orders to kill and torture protesters—CNN

“”At one point we killed eight people in 15 minutes. The protesters were unarmed. They didn’t even have rocks! That’s when I decided to defect. I threw away my gun and ran towards the protesters.””

For thousands of Syrians, Lebanon provides shelter—CNN

“A young mother with 6-month-old triplets, a laborer still fearful of reprisals, a preacher whose wife was shot dead at an illegal border crossing, wounded in hospitals, a man living in a converted classroom — these are among the 5,000 or more Syrian refugees living in Lebanon…”

Sudan and South Sudan

SPLM-N rebels call for popular uprising in Khartoum—Sudan Tribune

“The deputy leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North Abdel Aziz Hilu called for a popular uprising in the Sudanese capital to overthrow the government of president Omer al-Bashir…”

South Sudan has “evidence” that Khartoum is supporting Athor’s rebellion – governor—Sudan Tribune

“Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk has said that military equipment captured from rebel forces after a recent attack in Pigi county has “very valuable information” showing Khartoum’s support for South Sudan’s rebellions…”

Sudanese president to skip Great Lakes summit in Uganda—Sudan Tribune

“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will not participate in the heads of states summit of the International Conference of the Great Lakes region (ICGLR) that will start tomorrow in the Ugandan capital…”

Committee meets to discuss Sudanese refugees in Eastern Chad—Radio Dabanga

“The Technical Committee discussing the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad, held a meeting yesterday. The Committee, made up of three Sudanese, three Chadian government officials and representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met to discuss procedures and solutions for Sudanese refugees…”

Woman raped near Zam Zam camp—Radio Dabanga

“A woman was raped by two men dressed in military uniform in North Darfur on Tuesday, a witness told Radio Dabanga. The woman was living in Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) fleeing the conflict in the area. Carrying her four month old baby, she ventured out of the camp 2 km east to collect firewood…”

Hundreds of livestock looted in North Darfur—Radio Dabanga

“On Monday, pro-government militias traveling in Land Cruisers were reported as having looted the villages of Muhammad Ali, Durma, Jaraf and Jamah, close to El Fasher, a witness told Radio Dabanga…”

South Sudan’s Kiir promises accountability and transparency to promote investments—Sudan Tribune
“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will not participate in the heads of states summit of the International Conference of the Great Lakes region (ICGLR) that will start tomorrow in the Ugandan capital…”

S. Sudan risks conflict over exclusion of minority groups: MRG—Sudan Tribune

“The newly independent South Sudan risks an outbreak of internal conflicts, if minority ethnic rights are excluded from the country’s major decision making process, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said in a recent briefing…”

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Diplomats Agree Kabila Won Congo’s Poll, Says Official—Voice of America

“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Information Minister Lambert Mende says diplomats agree that incumbent Joseph Kabila won the disputed election. They announced their opinion late Wednesday…”

U.S.: Congo elections ‘seriously flawed’—CNN

“The United States called the recent presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo “seriously flawed” but said it was unclear whether the irregularities were enough to change the outcome of the election in the central African country…”

 

Yemen

Yemen’s Noncompetitive Presidential Election Draws Wide Support—Voice of America

“As Yemen transitions towards democracy, it is organizing a presidential election with only one likely candidate: Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi…”

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