UN reports Sudan air strikes on Darfur villages

May 23, 2011 13:25

KHARTOUM - Sudan launched air strikes on villages in Darfur last week, international peacekeepers in the western region of Sudan said, adding that residents said more than 10 people were killed in the attacks.

Violence in Darfur, scene of an insurgency pitting mostly non-Arab rebels against government troops backed by largely Arab militias, has fallen from its peak in 2003 and 2004 but a surge in attacks since December has forced tens of thousands to flee.

A patrol from the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) confirmed the attacks on May 18 on two villages in north Darfur, Um Rayi and Hashaba.

"According to residents, the attacks resulted in more than 10 deaths," the peacekeepers said in a statement, adding that the two villages were northeast of the town of El Fasher.

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