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UN reports more shooting incidents in Darfur

UN reports more shooting incidents in Sudan's Darfur region

In further violence in the war-torn Darfur region, the UN mission in Sudan said today it had received reports from the African Union (AU) monitoring team that two AU teams have been shot at in different locations.

The first incident occurred yesterday in an area south of Nyala, South Darfur, where AU monitors were investigating an attack on a village. The second occurred near Shangil Tobai, where another team was investigating reports that aerial bombings had taken place last week. No casualties have been confirmed in the either incident.

Yesterday the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) cited reports of several incidents of violence in the region, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.8 million others forced from their homes since rebels took up arms against the Government in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.

A Commission appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan has found the Government and Janjaweed militia responsible for "serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law amounting to crimes under international law," though not of genocide itself.

The Commission also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, though not on a systematic or widespread basis.

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