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Joint force seizes stolen UNAMID belongings

A joint force has seized more belongings that were looted from the headquarters of the United Nations Joint Mission in el Fasher, North Darfur “UNAMID” – northwest of Sudan, which were subjected to massive looting in the past few days.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The authorities of North Darfur state announced that the joint special tasks force in Darfur, which was entrusted with protecting the former headquarters of the joint mission of the United Nations and the African Union “UNAMID” in the state capital el-Fasher, seized, on Sunday, a private car without traffic plates which contained belongings that were stolen from the UN headquarters.

According to a press release, among the seized items that were stolen from the headquarters were 8 refrigerators and computers, in addition to other belongings.

The mission headquarters was looted last week, forcing the governor of Darfur, Minni Arko Minawi, to launch an appeal to the regular forces, soldiers of the armed movements, and citizens to stop looting the site.

The Security Committee of North Darfur state revealed that one person was killed in the looting of the northern part of the UNAMID headquarters in el-Fasher.

A statement attributed to the commission accused unnamed parties of breaking containers and looting equipment belonging to the state government.

The committee blamed a group that shot dead a citizen who had been identified as Othman Abdullah Saleh.

It indicated directing a special force to the UNAMID headquarters to secure it from looting and aggression.

North Darfur witnessed an unprecedented state of lawlessness, and the headquarters of the World Food Program was subjected to widespread looting by armed militias and citizens.

Following the looting incidents, the State Security Committee issued a number of decisions declaring a night curfew in el-Fasher, and freeing forces to pursue thieves and looters, in accordance with Articles 2 and 3 of the Emergency Law.

At the end of last year, the UN Security Council terminated the mandate of the UNAMID mission in Darfur.

UNAMID was then replaced by the Integrated Mission to Support Democratic Transition in Sudan (UNITAMS), headed by Volker Peretz.

The Sudanese authorities announced their guarantee of the protection of civilians in Darfur after the departure of the mission, which was active under Chapter VII.

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