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Fighting still continuing in Darfur: UN

After Sudanese troops claimed to have taken control of the Darfur town of Muhajari the UN said that the fighting was still going on there.

world Updated: Feb 05, 2009 13:51 IST

After Sudanese troops claimed to have taken control of the Darfur town of Muhajari the UN said that the fighting was still going on there.

Peacekeepers with the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that in addition to ongoing fire that could be heard, Sudanese Government forces were allegedly conducting patrols around the town, approximately 500 metres from the UNAMID camp in the town of Muhajeria.

An unidentified aircraft also flew over Muhajeria and dropped three bombs approximately one kilometre from the camp, UNAMID said.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) have converged on the camp after fleeing the fighting in the area, which broke out on January 15 between Government forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

Others have moved into northern areas of the Darfur region, where fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen and causing an estimated 300,000 deaths, while forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes.

The Joint UN-AU Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, is expected to hold talks with JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim on the current situation in the neighbouring Chad.