UNAMID peacekeepers: Sudan launches air strikes in Darfur

July 28, 2011 01:47

KHARTOUM - Sudan carried out air strikes on a village in Darfur, killing one civilian, peacekeepers UNAMID said on Wednesday, in the first confirmed strike since Khartoum signed a peace deal with small rebel group Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) two weeks ago.

A UNAMID spokeswoman said it was unclear exactly when the strikes near Abu Hamara in South Darfur took place. A spokesman for the Sudanese army was not immediately available for comment.

The UNAMID spokesman said the attack could have taken place around the time of a peace agreement between Khartoum and LJM.

Analysts see little significance in the Qatar-brokered deal as the Darfur's biggest rebel groups have rejected it. Rebel divisions and continued fighting have been the two main blocks to previous peace talks in Chad, Nigeria, Libya and Doha.

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