U.N.: Fresh attacks reported in Darfur

Oct. 15, 2004 at 5:39 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The United Nations says it is continuing to receive fresh reports of attacks against internally displaced persons in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region.

The western region of the African nation is where tens of thousands of people have already been killed and more than 1.65 million others have been displaced.

Some internally displaced persons from the village of Uma Kasara in South Darfur, one of three states in the region, told U.N. officials unidentified gunmen burned their village on Oct. 2, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at U.N. World Headquarters in New York Friday. The displaced said about 650 families from their village and two neighboring villages had to flee because of the attack.

Three policemen also were reported killed.

More than 1.45 million people have been displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighboring Chad, part of what senior U.N. officials have described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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