Data Spreadsheets for “’They Bombed Everything that Moved’: Aerial Military Attacks on Civilians and Humanitarians in Sudan, 1999 – 2011,” May 9, 2011 (updated October 2011, June 2012, September 2013)
 • June 2012 bombing data update: Excel spreadsheet available upon request
 • REPORTED AERIAL ATTACKS, MAY 2012 – SEPTEMBER 2013 (below; all highlightings in these dispatches have been added)
• More bombing of Darfur’s East Jebel Marra, youths harassed | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (15 September 2013) – In the Nimra region, East Jebel Marra, resident Abdullah Mohamed was seriously injured on Sunday, reportedly as a result of bombardments by the Sudanese Air Force… A witness informed Radio Dabanga that an Antonov jet started intensive bombing above the area of East Jebel Marra around 8am, continuing until 11am. This led to the injury of Abdullah Mohamed (55). He was taken to the health centre of Shangil Tobaya for treatment. A number of livestock were also killed.
• Continued bombing and shelling of Darfur’s East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (12 September 2013) – The Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) has allegedly continued bombing Darfur’s East Jebel Marra for the third day in a row, as well as shelling with heavy artillery. Security services have closed the main road between the Zam Zam displaced camp and Tabet, leading to Fanga and Dirbat, three days ago. Witnesses who fled told Radio Dabanga that on Thursday, MiG fighters and Antonov planes continued their bombardments of the areas of Kira, Sabi and Jabel Korgi, for the third day in a row. They said that on Thursday, the shelling continued from 8am till 11am, creating huge fear and leading to most of the residents to flee to the valleys. Others fled to Zam Zam camp, near El Fasher, the capital of north Darfur. The people fleeing the attacks have allegedly been exposed to heavy abuse by security men in the Umm Hashaba region and by “Abu Tira” forces at the gate of the Zam Zam camp. Women have been harassed, others were beaten, heavily insulted, and their possessions taken, on the pretext that they are supporting the armed rebel movements.
• Dead, injured in clashes, air raids in Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EL FASHER (11 September 2013) – Witnesses who fled from the villages Makariba A and Makariba B, south of El Fasher and from villages in the area of Tabet, in East Jebel Marra have reported casualties and the death of livestock due to intense bombardments, allegedly by the Sudanese Air Forces and shelling by heavy artillery on Wednesday. One witness confirmed to Radio Dabanga the killing of one of his relatives named Haji Ali Mousa Ali (65), amongst others during an air strike, while they were hiding in one of the valleys in the Tabet area. Other witnesses who fled confirmed that heavy aerial bombardments started on Tuesday evening and continued until Wednesday evening, targeting the villages Makariba A and Makariba B located between Tabet and Zamzam camp, south of El Fasher….
• “Several dead and injured in Darfur air raid”: witnesses | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (3 September 2013) – An unknown number of people have reportedly been killed and injured in a sustained aerial bombardment, allegedly by Antonov aircraft of the Sudanese Air Force, in parts of Darfur’s East Jebel Marra on Monday and Tuesday. Multiple witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the North Darfur areas of Abu Hamra, Hafara, Dubbo Al Omda, and southeast Al Malam were hit in the raid that began at about 3pm on Monday and was reportedly sustained until Tuesday evening. The exact number of casualties has not been ascertained, as residents have apparently fled in all directions, many taking cover in the surrounding mountains and valleys. One man who fled the Dubbo Al Omda area told Radio Dabanga that the eight-year-old Yahiya Yaqoub Saleh, as well as Adam Abkar Mohamed, and Dar Es Salaam Omar Saleh, were killed as they moved towards their farm on Tuesday morning. He reported that 45 head of cattle and three donkeys were also killed.
• “At least seven dead in Darfur air raid”: herdsman | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (5 September 2013) – At least seven people, including four children, are reported to have died in renewed air raids, allegedly by the Sudanese air force, in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra on Thursday. Several witnesses fleeing the area told Radio Dabanga that the vicinities of Kined, Silo, Shangil Tobay, as well as the villages of Kunjara, Sharaf, Tirbo, and Vanaga were affected.
They said that three Antonov aircraft and two MiG jets pounded those areas from 8am until 1pm on Thursday. They said that they saw “many dead and wounded among the population, as well as a number of livestock killed.” They could not quote exact number, however, as “people were fleeing for their lives in all directions.” A herdsman who spoke to Radio Dabanga said that while they were watering their livestock at the wells of the Abuzaid agricultural project, a strike killed seven people and wounded five others. “The dead included four children: Aisha Hussein Yaqoub (6), Yahya Jaqoub Issa (7), Rufiedah Adam Saleh (12), and Adam Saleh Jumma (15),” the herdsman said, confirming that farmers are fleeing the areas of Marshang, Manawashi and Abu Hamra.
“People live in constant terror of the terror of the Antonovs, MiGs, and helicopters,” he said. “With the roar of aircraft above them they are not able to go about their daily lives, tend their farms of shop for food, as the bombs could fall at any moment.” The witnesses called on the UN and the international community to enforce a no-fly zone in Darfur, and to document the crimes of the Khartoum regime.
• Two Darfuris killed in on-going East Jebel Marra airstrikes | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (23 August 2013) – Bombings allegedly carried out by the Sudanese Air Force continued on Friday in East Jebel Marra leaving at least two people dead and several others injured, local sources fleeing the strikes say. As a result of the “heavy bombardments, targeting mainly the North Darfur village of Dubbo al Omda and surroundings,” houses and farms caught on fire and livestock were killed.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a MiG aircraft dropped bombs on Friday from 8am until 10am, adding the bombardment “intensified.” A man fleeing the village of Kaja, located 7km east from Dubbo al Omda, said he saw two of relatives killed during the strikes: Mansour Ali Mansour and his son Hamouda Mansour, seven years old. “I could not count the dead and wounded because everyone fled in different directions on their own to survive the attack,” he said, while confirming that houses and farms are on fire due to the “intense bombardment by the Sudanese Air Force.” Bombings in East Jebel Marra are going on for more than one week. Sources told Radio Dabanga the noise of aircrafts “has completely traumatised the children, and some pregnant women have miscarried.”
• Air sorties “traumatising Darfur’s East Jebel Marra”: witnesses | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (22 Aug 2012) – Residents of Darfur’s East Jebel Marra are reportedly living in continuous fear of air raids. They allege that the area is constantly patrolled by “Sudanese Air Force” jets and helicopters, severely disrupting their daily lives. Citizens have called on the UN and the international community to intervene and impose a no-fly zone in Darfur. They say that in addition to low-flying helicopters and MiG jets, high-flying Antonov aircraft “threaten aerial bombardment at any moment.” “For three consecutive days from Tuesday to Thursday constant sorties have forced many citizens to spend their days taking cover in the wood or the valleys. The noise has completely traumatised the children, and some pregnant women have miscarried,” a source said. The affected areas include Abu Hamra, Affara, Adola and North Al Malam. Residents complain that they are having difficulty going about their daily lives, obtaining food and water, or tending their farms and livestock
• “Village destroyed, civilians dead and injured in Darfur air raid”: villagers | Radio Dabanga, SHANGIL TOBAY (20 August 2013) – An “intense air bombardment,” allegedly by the Sudanese Air Force, reportedly caused an unknown number of casualties and completely destroyed the village of Abu Tega in North Darfur on Tuesday. A villager fleeing the area told Radio Dabanga that from 12pm till 1pm, two Antonov aircraft strafed the area to the east and west of the main highway that connects El Fasher and Nyala, capitals of North and South Darfur. Areas east, north and west of Marshang locality in South Darfur were also reportedly targeted. Witnesses counted a total of 25 bombs that were dropped. “The village of Abu Tega to the west of Shangil Tobay was completely burned and the population fled in all directions.” The source said while he was sure that there were “many dead and injured,” he could not yet account for the human casualties due to their dispersal.
• “At least four dead, entire village destroyed in Darfur air raids”: witnesses | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (18 August 2013) – At least four people— including a pregnant woman—are reported to have died, many injured, and a village completely destroyed on Saturday and Sunday, following a series of air raids on East Jebel Marra. Multiple reports reaching Radio Dabanga from civilians fleeing the area say that on Sunday, the pregnant Hawaa Suleiman Yahiya died, and at least two people were injured, when “a group of eight Sudanese Air Force aircraft including MiG jets, helicopters and Antonovs bombarded a large area of East Jebel Marra.”
The North Darfur villages of Tanagara, Sharfa, Dolma, Abu Hamra, Sani Kundo, and Tagali Umagali were all reportedly hit. Tanagara was apparently completely destroyed. In the Gallab area, close to North Tabit military base, Nour Al Daim Saleh Bakhit, and Musa Yahiya Issa were both seriously injured in a bombardment. However, witnesses say that as the raids are ongoing, the exact number of casualties has yet to be assessed. As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, several civilians have died, dozens have been injured and much property has been destroyed in “almost daily” bombardments of the East Jebel Marra locality over the past few weeks.
• Darfur’s East Jebel Marra shelled—at least two civilians die: witnesses | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (15 August 2013) – Government militias guarding fuel convoy reportedly subjected villages in East Jebel Marra to “artillery and mortar fire” on Thursday, killing at least two civilians, and injuring many more. Multiple witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the government troops and militiamen were guarding a convoy of 150 fuel tanker trucks that reached Tabit military base in North Darfur on Thursday morning. In the past, fuel convoys have been the target of rebel attacks. The guards then reportedly gathered in the Tangara area, about 7km south of the base, and began to shell the South Darfur villages of Shawara, Ronja Guenjy, Aduma, Umm Genji, Crowe, and the surrounding farms “with artillery, howitzers and mortars.”
Witnesses say that two women, Maimuna Easa Saleh (35 years) and Dar es Salaam Hassan Yahiya (25 years) died in “intensive bombing” of Shawara. “A large fire also broke out in the village,” they said. Sources say that following the shelling, “the Sudanese Air Force dropped several bombs on the area,” but could not give further details. The bombardments also reportedly injured many people, but the witnesses underscored that it was too soon to give accurate casualty figures. Large numbers of livestock are also said to have perished. Citizens appealed to the international community to intervene and “impose a no-fly zone in Darfur, and document the crimes of the Khartoum regime in East Jebel Marra.”
• Sudanese Air Force strikes on East Jebel Marra continue: sources | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (13 August 2013) – Air raids “carried out by the Sudanese Air Force” on East Jebel Marra continue for a third consecutive day, local sources affirm. They were not yet able to confirm any casualties. MiG aircrafts have reportedly bombed Dubbo al Omda and surrounding villages of North Darfur, “on Tuesday morning and afternoon.” Witnesses could not yet confirm any casualties to Radio Dabanga as people fled towards several directions and most are still hiding. “Farmers left their crops, and pastoralists lost their livestock and camels due to the constant shelling,” sources said. They stressed that local communities, especially children, women, and the elderly, are facing a “humanitarian crisis” caused by extreme difficult conditions and poor health as they must constantly flee.
• Darfur’s East Jebel Marra bombing death toll rises | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (12 August 2013) – The death toll of air strikes allegedly carried out by the Sudanese Air Force in North Darfur’s East Jebel Marra rose from seven to nine, sources affirmed. On the occasion of the bombings on Dubbo al Omda, witnesses said the bombardment was so intense that people were simply not able to escape. Sources informed Radio Dabanga that two more bodies, belonging to the twin brothers Hassan Yahiya Mohamed and Hussein Yahiya Mohamed, 7, were found on Monday in the zone of Keyra, which belongs to the Dubbo al Omda administrative unit.
“The shattered bodies were found among animal carcasses. The Sudanese Air Force continues bombing the area for a second day in a row,” a witness stated. He said that MiGs dropped four bombs on the village of Suri of Dubbo al Omda administrative unit, “inciting terror and fear in the hearts of citizens” who sought refuge in the wadis and mountains nearby. A large number of livestock is also reported to have been killed. Local residents repeated their demands for the international community to “ban the Sudanese Air Force from flying over Darfur and send teams to investigate the crimes carried out by the Khartoum regime.”
• At least seven die, dozens wounded in North Darfur air raids | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA/TAWILA (11 August 2013) – At least seven people have died and dozens more were wounded when Antonov and MiG aircraft, allegedly belonging to the Sudanese Air Force, subjected parts of North Darfur to “an intense aerial bombardment.” Speaking to Radio Dabanga from Dubbo al Omda in East Jebel Marra on Sunday, witnesses said that the initial bombardment occurred between 7am and 10am, and included Kadja and Dady, as well as the Abu Zaid agricultural project. “The air raids on the area then resumed, and continued into Sunday evening.” Three brothers—Hawe Yahya Omar, Adam Yahya Omar, and Walid Yahya Omar died in one attack—while Gaber Abdurahman Yousuf, and his sons Adam Jaber, Mohammed Jaber, and Noor Mohammed Jaber died in another. In addition to dozens of wounded, large numbers of livestock perished, and many people fled towards Zamzam camp and the city of Shangil Tobay. However, most of the citizens of the area are reportedly taking cover in the wadis and the mountains.
• Young Darfur herder dead in “almost daily air raids on East Jebel Marra” | Radio Dabanga JEBEL MARRA (1 August 2013) – The Sudanese Air Force is allegedly carrying out “almost daily” air raids on the East Jebel Marra locality in South Darfur. On Thursday, 12-year-old herder Musa Suleiman died, and about 47 livestock were killed by one of the bombs. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that Thursday’s air raid, allegedly by a Sudanese Air Force Antonov, hit the area of Hafara in East Jebel Marra, where Musa was herding his cattle. The witnesses complained that the locality “has been under constant and almost daily bombardment.” Farmer Kaltoum Haroun Yahya was killed outright when a bomb hit her farm at about midday on Sunday 21 July. No further casualties have been reported, but witnesses say that many of the people have taken cover in the surrounding mountains. The mountains to the south and west of Shangil Tobay in Dar El Salam locality were reportedly also “subject to aerial bombardment” on Wednesday.
• Darfur farmer killed in air raid on Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, JEBEL MARRA (23 July 2013) – A 55-year old South Darfur farmer was reportedly killed on Sunday when “a Sudan Air Force Antonov” allegedly dropped a bomb on her farm east of Jebel Marra in South Darfur. Witnesses from the area told Radio Dabanga the Antonov carried out an air raid over the Fanga and Karkaro areas.
• “Sudan Air Force bombs South Darfur villages”: sources | Radio Dabanga, EL SALAM CAMP (8 July 2013) – The Sudanese Air Force has on Sunday reportedly bombed areas around Umm Gunja in South Darfur. The air raid, a source said, was followed by artillery shelling by machine guns. On Thursday, three women were injured after shells “resulting from clashes in Nyala” hit the Dreige camp for displaced. The wounded were transferred to a hospital in the state capital. Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabaldiya of El Salam camp near Nyala said the site’s population is “terrorized.” Several people, during the air raids, were cultivating their vegetable gardens near El Salam and rushed back to the camp in fear. “This is compromising the livelihoods of the displaced.”
• Thousands flee clashes, air raids, in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (30 June 2013) – Clashes between troops of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Friday, followed by alleged air raids by the Sudanese Air Force, have reportedly caused about 17,000 civilians in East Jebel Marra to flee and become displaced. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Hussein Abu Sharati, spokesman for the Association of Displaced Persons and Refugees of Darfur, said “Friday’s clashes and air raids in eastern Jebel Marra drove the people from their villages to settle in the areas of Kululu and Kele. They are living under trees with no shelter from the rain in conditions that are difficult, even for healthy adults,” Abu Sharati said.
He appealed to the international community and aid organisations to expedite the provision of food, medicine and shelter to the displaced. He also called on the UN “to intervene and stop air raids against unarmed civilians.” In a separate incident on Saturday, a 75-year-old civilian was reportedly killed when the “Sudan Air Force” allegedly bombarded the Abu Zaid Agricultural project 50 kilometres east of Al Malam in South Darfur. Witnesses said that the bombardment, which resulted in the death of Hamdoon Mansoor Saad and his three camels, was “carried out in order to provide cover for a SAF military convoy moving for Marshang locality to Al Malam locality.”
• Nine Darfuri kids injured by bomb | Radio Dabanga, KALMA CAMP (28 June 2013) – A bomb explosion has injured nine children—seven seriously—on Friday morning from Kalma camp for Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad. The camp is close to Umm Dukhun, which recently saw fierce fighting between the Misseriya and Salamat tribes. The unexploded munition could be a remnant from that conflict. A family member of one of the injured told Radio Dabanga that the children were playing near Umm Dukhun at around 10am when the munition exploded. The children were taken to Tissi hospital in Chad for treatment.
• “Bomb residue” kills four children in Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (26 June 2013) Four children died last Wednesday after reportedly coming into contact with residue from bombs dropped on the water wells of Rofota, East Jebel Marra. Musa Haroun (8), Saleh Mohamed (9), Om Kalthoum (12) and Ibrahim Yahiya Yaqoub (17) went to inspect the wells that were damaged by bombs dropped by a “Sudan Air Force Antonov.” Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that soon after returning home, the children all complained of the swelling of their bodies and nausea. This developed into diarrhoea and they also developed a rash. The symptoms deteriorated until all of them died last Wednesday morning. Residents suspect that the children came into contact with rainwater contaminated by residue from the bombs.
• Women killed, injured in air raids on Darfur’s East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (24 June 2013) – Three women have been killed and another three injured in reported aerial bombardments of Bir Abu Yassin, East Jebel Marra on Sunday and Monday. The raids also killed 37 cows and seven camels, and destroyed essential water installations, sources said. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that at 6:00pm on Sunday, a “Sudanese Air Force Antonov” made passes over the Rovata area, 35 kilometres west of Vananga, from various directions and dropped several bombs in a raid that was “very violent.” An even heavier raid reportedly followed at 11:15am on Monday, which destroyed three wells and a water pump installation. Maryam Ismail Abakar (75), Yasmine Yahiya Yusuf (17), and Dar Naim Haroun Saleh (22) died in the first raid, witnesses said. Later, when bombs were dropped on the Bir Abu Yassin well, a father and his two sons Yahiya Yaqoub Adam, Adam Yahiya Yaqoub, and Suleiman Yahyia Yaqoub were injured, sources added. The blasts also destroyed a water pump head and its generator.
• Woman, children killed by bombing in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (16 June 2013) – A 27-year-old woman and her two daughters of five and seven were killed when a “Sudanese Air Force Antonov” bombed their home on the outskirts of a village in East Jebel Marra on Sunday. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that Dar Naim Yahya (27), Hawa Saleh Abkar Savnier (7), and Miriyam Saleh Abkar Savnier (5) all died on Saturday when the aircraft dropped two bombs on their home as they were cooking in the courtyard. The bombing also reportedly killed seven cows and five sheep belonging to the family. Observers suspect that the bomber targeted the light of the cooking fire.
• Children killed, injured in explosion at El Salam camp, South Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EL SALAM CAMP (9 June 2013) – A violent explosion killed two children and injured three more on Friday at El Salam camp for the displaced near Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. The children reportedly found an unexploded munition while they were playing outside the camp. They brought it into the camp and were examining it in their house when it exploded, killing Kamal Mohamed Adam and Nahla Jalal Mohamed Adam, and wounding Aduma Abkar Muhammad, Hawa Jachia and Amna Adam Jachia.
• “SAF bombing” leaves eight-year-old girl dead | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (26 May 2013) – An eight-year-old girl, Dar al Salam Omer, was killed on Saturday when a “Sudan Air Force (SAF) Antonov” bombed the village of Simo, about 30 kilometres west of Vanaga in East Jebel Marra. Witnesses from East Jebel Marra told Radio Dabanga that the Antonov bombed the village of Simo on Saturday at approximately 2:00pm. The witnesses also blame the deaths of several more children on “the remnants of the on-going bombing,” which have been occurring since 28 January. Several children have died as a result of “diarrhoea and swelling of the body” in the area of Simo, Tornaga, Hillat Abkar, Gurun Bay, Al Mashro, Doboa, Kenjara and Sharfa; all East, South and North Jebel Marra. They added that the displaced people in these areas “have not received any humanitarian aid” and that they “hold UNAMID responsible for the lack of aid being delivered to them.”
• Sudan Air Force aircraft “cause panic” in Nyala camp | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (21 May 2013) – Three “Sudanese Air Force” aircraft repeatedly overflew a camp near Nyala, capital of South Darfur, “inciting horror and panic” among the residents on Tuesday. Sheikh Abdel Karim Abakar of camp Attash told Radio Dabanga the three “military aircraft” repeatedly overflew the camp for 90 minutes. “Especially women and children were frightened,” he said. The camp’s residents have not able discover a reason.
• Air raids decimate livestock near East Jebel Mara—Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (14 May 2013) – Eyewitnesses have told Radio Dabanga of renewed air raids on Tuesday on areas of East Jebel Marra in Darfur, which led to the death of large numbers of livestock. According to the witnesses, between 12pm and 1:30pm, a Sudanese Air Force Antonov aircraft dropped several bombs on the area of Dadi and Kair. Local sources also saw three bombs dropped by an Antonov on water wells in the Dadi area which killed large numbers of livestock. They say that three herders’ children are also still unaccounted for. The population of East Jebel Marra have asked the international community to put pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians and water sources in the region. They described the situation in East Jebel Marra as very bad, especially as the area does not have a health centre for the wounded to receive treatment.
• “Sudan forces now targeting civilians,” camp leader says | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (9 May 2013) – Approximately 1,321 families from villages in South Darfur have arrived at camp Attash in Nyala over the past two weeks. A sheikh has noted that people are fleeing their homes “because government forces now avoid attacking rebel formations and instead turn their weapons and aircraft on civilians.” Sheikh Abdel Karim Abakar told Radio Dabanga on Thursday that the displaced come from the villages of Umm Daraba, Umm Gunja and Abu Jabra. He stressed they are all experiencing terrible humanitarian conditions. Abakar disclosed that government forces are using different types of weapons against civilians including aircrafts. He added that, on Wednesday in the village of Umm Daraba, more than 600 homes were torched and destroyed. “These crimes committed by the government are based on ethnic and tribal reasons,” Abakar said. “This is causing thousands to flee their villages and homes.”
• South Jebel Marra “hit by air strikes” | Radio Dabanga, SOUTH JEBEL MARRA (5 May 2013) – The area of Libi in South Jebel Marra was exposed to an air strike on Sunday which led to the death of livestock and the destruction of property in an area located 65 kilometers north of Malam, news reports from the region claim. The air strikes continued between 3 and 4:00pm, witnesses added. There are no reports of civilian casualties, but the witnesses pointed out that livestock was killed and numerous residents fled the area towards nearby caves and valleys, in search of safety and protection.
• Deadly air strike “hits area south of Nyala,” South Darfur | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (29 April 2013) – An unknown number of people was killed and several injured on Sunday in the area of Umm Gunja and Allah Kareem, south of Nyala in South Darfur. It was reported that the village of Allah Kareem was burned down completely and scores of livestock were killed after government forces carried out an air strike and a ground offensive. Several witnesses informed Radio Dabanga that an Antonov and two MiG warplanes bombed the areas of Umm Gunja and Allah Kareem on Sunday afternoon. The witnesses claimed that the Antonov dropped more than 20 bombs, which was followed by heavy artillery shelling and a ground offensive carried out by pro-government militias.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the witnesses revealed that an unknown number of people were killed and several were injured and added that the village of Allah Kareem was burned to the ground and that scores of livestock were killed. Also, it was reported that pro-government militants beat and tortured whomever they encountered as well as aggressively looting people’s belongings. Civilians fled towards neighboring valleys and forests in an attempt to escape the attacks. According to the witnesses, rebels united in the Sudan Revolutionary Front are not present in the areas. It was reported that most of the people fled the recent incidents in Muhajeriya, Labado and Marla. They were heading towards the areas of Umm Gunja and Allah Kareem before pro-government militants closed the roads leading to Nyala, followed by the bombardments. Those who attempted to flee towards Nyala would be subjected to death or at least to looting and beating, witnesses stated. Sources reported that thousands of children and elderly are facing extremely difficult circumstances and called on international aid organizations and humanitarian organizations to intervene immediately and stop the air strikes and provide aid to those affected.
• Labado in Darfur taken by Sudan army and allied militias | Radio Dabanga, LABADO (16 April 2013) – Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), supported by the Popular Defense Forces (PDF) and another armed group, have taken control of Labado town in East Darfur which was under rebels’ control for the past two weeks, UNAMID reported on Tuesday. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said “fierce fighting … resulted in the death of four civilians and in the wounding of six others.” For its part, the rebel group Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minawi (SLA-MM) announced* its “withdrawal” from Labado after receiving information about “heavily armed government convoys” heading towards the area. SAF troops were coming from “six different directions: North Kordofan, West, East and North Darfur, in addition to two from Nyala,” rebels military spokesman Adam Saleh Abkar disclosed, adding that Khartoum is bombing the surroundings.
Local witnesses told Radio Dabanga about violent clashes between SLA-MM and SAF west of Labado that began at 12:00pm on Tuesday, adding that both sides suffered fatal casualties. “Thousands” of civilians fled the clashes in “all directions” while others were killed because they were caught in the fighting or were hit by airstrikes carried out with Antonov airplanes, Sukhoi and helicopters. Sources could hear sounds of aircraft flying over Labado until Tuesday evening. A runaway saw two dead bodies and several cows and camels that were killed by airstrikes on his way out of Labado.
• Airstrikes kill 2 in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, ZAMZAM (12 April 2013) – Aerial bombardments by “the Sudanese government” killed two civilians in East Jebel Marra on Thursday night, sources said. Mohamed Issa Yahiya and Adam Bakhit from Zamzam camp were hit by airstrikes at 12:00am as they were asleep in an area located 15 kilometers east of Dobbo. They had gone collecting firewood in Abu Zayd, a government-sponsored agricultural project. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga the bombings led to “widespread devastation in the region.” Activists and local residents say the international community should pressure on the Sudanese government to put an end to airstrikes. They urged UNAMID to protect civilians in Darfur, in particular those living in East Jebel Marra.
• Airstrikes kill 4 in Khor Abeche, South Darfur | Radio Dabanga, KHOR ABECHE (9 April 2013) – A young child and three adults were killed when an Antonov aircraft “belonging to the Sudanese air forces” dropped several bombs in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, on Sunday. Aircrafts have been flying regularly over the area “since Sunday at daytime,” the mother of the decreased child told Radio Dabanga. She noted the bombardments also killed several livestock Anticipating imminent airstrikes, hungry residents do not dare leaving their shelters and search for food. In addition, roads around Khor Abeche have been closed for days and the area is facing shortages in food and in medicine.
• Muhajeriya air strike “claims 9 lives” East Darfur—rebels | Radio Dabanga, MUHAJERIYA (8 April 2013) – Air strikes carried out by the Sudan Air Force on Saturday evening around 9:00pm reportedly left nine people dead in Muhajeriya, East Darfur. Adam Saleh, military spokesman of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minawi (SLM-MM)* said in an interview with Radio Dabanga that an Antonov plane shelled Muhajeriya on Saturday which resulted in the death of nine people, among them seven children. Among the victims are Albarai Abkar Haroun, one month old, Faiza Abkar Haroun, four years old, Zahira Abkar Haroun, five years old, Arafa Abkar Haroun, nine years old, Madawi Ibrahim Adam and Walaa Aldin Ibrahim Adam, and both four years old, Fatima Youssef Ibrahim, one year old.
• Darfur children remain at risk of unexploded mines | Radio Dabanga, KHARTOUM (April 3, 2013) – Harum Ali used to dream of becoming an engineer, but changed his mind after he was hospitalised with severe injuries following a horrific mine explosion. Now the 17-year-old from Mellit in North Darfur wants to be a doctor so that he can help others suffering from debilitating injuries or illness. Ali is still recovering from the serious leg and arm injuries he sustained after a piece of artillery he was playing with exploded. Tragically Ali also lost his two younger brothers in the incident. Ali’s life changed forever on 26 January after finding the remains of a projectile, no bigger than a pack of gum, near his house.
• Mellit bombings claim “12 victims” in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, MELLIT (25 March 2013) – The number of victims as a result of the bombings in the village of Umm Ajaja, at about 20 kilometer northwest of Mellit in North Darfur on Friday, has been adjusted to 12 people. Among the fatal victims are a child and woman, sources stated. Besides, the bombings resulted in the death of more than 350 cattle heads. Mellit’s deputy of the National Council, Yaser Ahmadi, claims that the affected areas do not accommodate any insurgency. Authorities reportedly confirmed that the bombing might have been caused by “inaccurate information.” The Darfur Bar Association condemned the bombings and asserted in a statement that the targeted area does not accommodate any rebel groups.
• Air strike East Jebel Marra “kills 2 children” | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (25 March 2013) – An air strike on a water source in the area of Kira, East Jebel Marra, has reportedly left two children dead. Witnesses informed Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese Air Force dropped a number of seven bombs at about 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon on the areas of Sabi and Nimra. According to the witnesses, the air strike resulted in the death of two children and a number of livestock at a water source in the area of Kira in East Jebel Marra.
• Aerial bombings kill “at least 4” in Mellit, North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, MELLIT (22 March 2013) – At least four people were confirmed to have been killed in air strikes by the Sudan Air Force near Mellit in North Darfur. The shelling hit a crowded water source on Friday afternoon. Sources speaking to Radio Dabanga said the village of Umm Ajaja, located 20 kilometers west of Mellit, was hit at 12:00pm. Besides the four fatal victims, several others were wounded and a number of livestock were killed when the Antonov shelled a busy water source. The deceased are the Sheikh of the Umm Goz village Abdul Rahman, a woman, a child, and Mohiuddin Omar Zaki, member of the Popular Defense Forces. Onlookers told Radio Dabanga that another three areas in the vicinity were targeted by bombings on the same day. They believe the attack left more civilians dead and injured, but the exact number of casualties is not yet known.
• “4,000 flee villages burnt by aerial bombings in South Darfur” – sources | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (18 Mar 2013) – Some 4,000 people in South Darfur were displaced after having their villages “burnt by aerial bombings by the Sudanese air force” during last week’s battles, sources claim. Rebels (SLA-MM) and army (SAF) both reported clashes Thursday and Friday south of Nyala, making competing claims to the number of casualties, with the army spokesman saying 100 rebels were killed in two battles and SLA-MM saying 170 soldiers and 90 militia were killed. Eight villages appear to have been burned by the shelling, and civilians are living in appalling conditions “under trees, without food, shelter or blankets in dire need of emergency relief items.” Roads leading to Nyala remain closed since the eruption of hostilities last week, and the 4,000 displaced are now stranded between their burned villages and Nyala as a result, a sheikh from Tabaldia told Radio Dabanga on Monday. Tabaldia, along with Abga
Radji, Hashaba, Makarin, Um Sayala, Humedah, Sonnut, and Hillet Saleh, were the communities burnt by last week’s shelling, he said. They are located south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. The sheikh urged humanitarian organizations to act immediately and provide the displaced “all necessary items such as mattresses and blankets and even pots for drinking water” and to open the roads. He further urged the Sudanese government to halt its “indiscriminate aerial bombardments on villages and civilian,” pointing out “this is the reason these communities were destroyed and people are now homeless.” “What happened [the bombings] is immoral and unacceptable,” he said. The sheikh is calling upon “everyone” to take action and demand that the government and rebels move their fighting away from villages and civilians’ concentrations. Lastly, he demanded UNAMID “to do its work and do not stand on the sidelines of what is happening to civilians.”
• SAF bombs several areas in North Darfur, no casualties reported | Radio Dabanga, NORTH DARFUR (11 March 2013) – The Sudanese Air Forces “heavily bombarded” a number of areas and villages in the locality of Al Malaha, North Darfur on Friday and Saturday. According to reports, the bombardments have caused citizens to flee from their villages and destroyed a number of homes as well as killing dozens of livestock. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Adam Saleh, military spokesman* of the Sudan’s Liberation Movement leadership Minni Minawi (SLM-MM) stated that the bombings targeted the areas of Al Hara, Souq Al Ithnein and Jebel Issa. Saleh revealed that the bombardments destroyed more than six homes completely and that more than 100 cattle heads were killed in addition to large numbers of citizens fleeing from their villages….
Sources from the region, locality of Al Malaha, confirmed the bombardment to Radio Dabanga and explained that the bombings targeted the areas of Tarjam Bout, Ain Bassara, Al Hara and Jebel Issa.
• More “deformed babies” in South Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, GOROLONBAY (11 March 2013) – According to reports from the region of Gorolonbay, three women gave birth to deformed babies last week in the area of Kinga, east Gorolonbay in South Jebel Marra. Sources informed Radio Dabanga that Dar El Salam Yahya Adam, Fatima Suleiman Salih and Nur el-Yigin Mustafa Mohamed gave birth to “deformed babies” last week. The sources explained that these deliveries took place three days after seven women gave birth to children without eyes. Residents from the area appealed to doctors and international organizations to access the area in order to examine the cases and determine if the causes are linked to the bombardments. They pointed out that the area has not witnessed any such cases “throughout history.”
• Fresh shelling in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur—locals | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (8 March 2013) – The Sudanese air force has reportedly shelled the East Jebel Marra region in North Darfur killing several livestock on Thursday and inciting “fear and terror among civilians,” according to reports. A local resident told Radio Dabanga government airplanes were flying over the hit areas again on Friday but did not drop any bombs. He said the affected communities are Kator, Al Mashro and Dobbo El Omda.
• UN panel: “Sudan violating sanctions with Darfur air strikes” | Reuters, NEW YORK (March 4, 2013) – The UN Security Council’s independent panel of experts, who monitor sanctions imposed on Darfur in 2005, said on Friday that Sudan’s government has violated UN sanctions on the Darfur region by carrying out air strikes and using aircrafts from Belarus and Russia…. In a report recently presented to the Security Council, the panel said Sudan violated a Security Council resolution and written pledges to Belarus and Russia not to use aircrafts purchased from them in Darfur by carrying out “aerial bombardments and intimidating flights.”
• “Toxic bombs in [formerly West] Darfur pollute water, kill 23 children”—rebels | Radio Dabanga, SOUTH JEBEL MARRA (27 February 2013) | The military spokesman of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid (SLM- AW) disclosed that 23 children died of diarrhea after drinking water polluted by toxic bombs following last week’s bombings in South Jebel Marra, Central Darfur. Mustafa Tambour added to Radio Dabanga that another 287 people are infected with the disease and that 11,000 citizens were displaced due to the shelling. “Toxic bombs have been used by the Sudanese army in both South and West Jebel Marra,” he said, mentioning that areas such as Golo and the Jildu garrison were also affected. According to him, the majority of the citizens who were exposed to the bombings in those areas are complaining about diarrhea after drinking water from local wells. The humanitarian situation in South Jebel Marra is currently deteriorating according to Tambour, who appealed to the UN and other agencies to provide aid….
Five people died following “heavy bombing” by the Sudanese government on 17 February on the South Jebel Marra region, according to sources. Witnesses revealed the bombs used by then were “different” and could not be seen “with the naked eye.” The shells left white ashes after exploding and their residue was causing diarrhea and eye infections among children, miscarriages among women as well as death of livestock.
• Sudan official: Nyala shelling “an accident” Darfur sources deny | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (22 February 2013) – The deputy governor of South Darfur announced on Thursday that the shelling by the government on a market south of Nyala, the state’s capital, was “an accident.” The bombing, Radio Dabanga reported, killed three people and injured at least 15. Abdel Karim Musa, who reportedly attended the victims’ funeral in Nyala, said the incident was not in line with the government’s purpose of providing protection and safety to the people of Darfur. “Not an accident.”
However, sources from Nyala affirmed to Radio Dabanga the shelling was not an accident. Instead, they stressed, bombings and people dying as a result thereof are a daily routine in Darfur. They called the deputy governor’s justification that rebels were the ones being targeted as nonsense, as civilians are the ones under attack by bombings. Sources pointed to the fact that if the shelling was in reality a mistake, the Sudanese
military would be in charge of making the announcement, as they are the ones responsible for it, not the deputy governor of South Darfur.
• Shelling “kills 3, injures 15” in market near Nyala, South Darfur | Radio Dabanga, NYALA (21 February 2013) – Three people were killed and at least 15 were injured after an Antonov aircraft shelled a weekly market in Ungdeito, near Nyala in South Darfur on Thursday. Eyewitnesses speaking to Radio Dabanga said this market, located about 15km south of Nyala, attracts villagers from the whole area. They said the injured were taken to a hospital in South Darfur’s capital and urged the government to stop bombing civilian areas like markets and villages. Adam Saleh, military spokesman* of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM), told Radio Dabanga that ears south of Nyala were bombed on Wednesday and Thursday. He said the citizen Ismail Abdullah Abdelrahman was killed as a result, and the girl Noahir Mohamed Bashir, 11, was injured. Several livestock were also killed. The affected areas, he claims, are Umm Gona, Muhaijir Tunu and Umm Arala. According to Saleh, the government is attacking civilian areas such as water resources and main roads.
• UN renews Darfur arms embargo, Sudan denies air strikes Radio Dabanga, NEW YORK (15 February 2013) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) renewed on Thursday the mandate of a panel of experts in charge to supervise the arms embargo in Darfur amid fears materials supplied could be used by the Sudan government for air strikes in the region. The 15-member council expressed concern that “the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of technical assistance and support … could be used by the Government of Sudan to support military aircraft being used in violation” of Darfur sanctions. [N.B.] Sudan’s Ambassador to the UN Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman said the country intends to cooperate with the panel, but denied it carries out air strikes in Darfur. He claimed Sudan uses its air capacities only for peaceful purposes.
• Rebels: shelling kills 12 in Central [formerly West] Darfur, thousands displaced | Radio Dabanga, GIDU (14 February 2013) -The military spokesman* of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW) is accusing the Sudanese government of shelling the Gidu village in West Jebel Marra, Central Darfur and killing 12 civilians on Thursday. Mustafa Tambour said an Antonov airplane bombed Gidu around 3:00pm, burning nine homes and all 12 civilians in them. He added three of the victims were children. In addition, more than 20 people were injured due to the shelling; some of them are in critical conditions.
• Bombings “intensify” in North Darfur, 1 killed and 10 wounded | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (6 February 2013) – One woman was killed and at least 10 others were wounded as a result of “government bombings” in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Wednesday. Sources affirm shelling by the Sudan Air Force has “intensified” in the area lately. Civilians who managed to escape the bombardments told Radio Dabanga an Antonov dropped bombs on a well at the Dalma area as they were fetching water with their livestock at 11:30am. A woman called Suleiman Adam was killed along with several livestock, including two donkeys, goats, cows and sheep. The exact amount of human and animal casualties is not yet clear, as those who survived the shelling fled in different directions and have not yet returned to Dalma.
Before shelling Dalma, the Sudan Air Force bombed the villages of Kiro and Sharafa, which were “burned down” as a result, onlookers say. Immediately after the bombardments, pro-government militias coming from El-Fasher and from Shangil Tobay allegedly “cleaned up the region,” sources say. They attacked civilians and “looted their cattle and their personal belongings.” The group coming from El-Fasher was led by al-Hadi Abdullah Abulbasher and the one from Shangil Tobay by Ibrahim Abdur, witnesses added. Sources told Radio Dabanga that the “intensified bombings” in East Jebel Marra are inciting much “horror and panic among the population,” who are fleeing to valleys, mountains or are hiding under trees “to save their lives.”
• “Government launches 3 air strikes,” kills child in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (27 January 2013) – The Sudanese government launched three air strikes in the region of East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, killing a 12- year old child on Sunday, onlookers affirm. The victim is called Hammouda Hamdan Saleh, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. They added that livestock were also killed and large farm areas were burnt as a result of the bombings. A witness said the shelling took place between 8:00am and 10:00am on Sunday, hitting the semi-deserted areas of Dolma, Sharafa, Jenq, and Dar Bosh. Very few people and their livestock still occupy these areas, called Furqaan, as the rest of the population fled their homes because of government bombardments, a source explained.
• “Sudanese air force bombs injure 2 children,” North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (21 January 2013) – Two children were injured when the Sudanese air forces bombed their village of Abu Zayd, in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Monday morning, 21 January. Residents told Radio Dabanga that Adam Mohamed, seven years old, and Maymouna Yahiya eight years old, were hurt after a bomb hit their town at 8:00am. It appears that the government was targeting water wells in the area, eyewitnesses suggested. Besides hurting the children, the shelling also killed eight cows and three sheep, according to testimonies. Abu Zayd village is reportedly the site of an agriculture project set-up by the government of Sudan.
• Fresh government shelling kills 10 in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (11 January 2013) – At least 10 civilians were killed after a government Antonov airplane shelled the area of Dresa, northeast of East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Friday, 11 January. Mustafa Tambour, military spokesman* of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW), added to Radio Dabanga that several people were wounded, livestock were killed and homes were destroyed. The bombardments lasted for over one hour and afterwards the government airplane flew to the Jildu area, West Jebel Marra in Central Darfur, the spokesman affirmed. More than 38 bombs were dropped in the region “entirely burning” a school and six homes, according to Tambour. He added that frightened residents sought shelter around valleys and behind stones.
• Bombings in Golo leave “several dead” | Radio Dabanga, GOLO (4 January 2013) – The Sudanese Air Force is accused of bombing large areas near the central town of Golo and West Jebel Marra in Central Darfur, on Friday, 4 January, onlookers told Radio Dabanga. Several people were killed and injured, however witnesses were not yet able to assess the exact number of casualties. An unidentified number of cattle were also killed and large farms areas were burned, according to local reports. Eyewitnesses recounted that an Antonov airplane began bombing the Golo area at 6am and the shelling continued throughout the day and evening. They said scared civilians fled in the directions of Kass, South Darfur and Nertiti, while others are seeking refuge from the shelling near mountains, valleys or under trees.
• SLM-AW: “air strike in East Jebel Marra kills 5” | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (3 January 2013) – An air strike, carried out by an Antonov plane on villages northeast of Katur in East Jebel Marra on Sunday, 30 December 2012, has allegedly resulted in the death of five people, among them a baby and an infant. Mustafa Tambour, spokesman* of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid, told Radio Dabanga that next to the fatal victims, eight people were wounded. The fatal victims, Tambour continued, are Zahra Arbab Osman, Aicha Khalil Ahmed, Dar as-Salaam Manan Osman who was only 15 days old and Mohamed Adam Yousef Abdul Rahman and Yaser Adam Ibrahim, 5 years old.
• SLM-AW: “Air strike West Jebel Marra kills 2” | Radio Dabanga, EL GENEINA (31 December 2012) – [SLM-AW spokesman*] Abdel Wahid Mustafa Tambour told [Radio Dabanga] that an air strike was carried out by the Sudan Armed Forces on Saturday in villages in West Jebel Marra. He added that an Antonov plane dropped around 22 bombs, killing 2 children and burning a large number of homes in the area.
• Bombings kill two near Golo, Central [formerly West] Darfur | Radio Dabanga, GOLO (27 December 2012) – Two people were killed and three were injured after an Antonov airplane belonging to the Sudan Armed Forces bombed the village of Barasani, located west of the central town of Golo, Central Darfur. Witnesses said the bombings took place on Wednesday, 26 December, and caused the destruction of seven houses and farms, killing camels and cows. Golo was captured by the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) several days ago and the Sudanese army is reportedly trying to recapture this key village in the Jebel Marra area of Central Darfur.
• UNAMID: alleged air strikes cause displacement North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EL FASHER (21 December 2012) -A press statement issued by UNAMID on Friday, 21 December, claims that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have allegedly carried out air strikes in Shangil Tobaya and Tawila localities, North Darfur. It was added that UNAMID deployed a patrol to Dalma and Dady villages to verify the reported air strikes in the area, but was denied access by SAF.
Furthermore, reports were received claiming that civilians from Kunjura, Hashaba, Namira and Masal villages have fled to Argo camp in Tawila area as a result of air strikes allegedly carried out by SAF on 18 December. It was added that UNAMID is arranging for further verification of the incidents. The Mission … warned that continued fighting could lead to a catastrophic humanitarian situation for the displaced civilians in North Darfur.
• North Darfur civilians: “strange bombs, two dead” | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (29 November 2012) Two children were killed in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur when the Sudanese air force bombed the area on Wednesday, 28 November, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. They added that the government dropped “strange bombs” in the area for two consecutive days. Both victims, Adam Issa and Mariam Mohamed were looking after their cattle when the bombs hit them on Wednesday, sources recounted. Onlookers affirmed that Antonov and MiG airplanes belonging to the Sudanese air force were used during the attacks. In addition, 48 cattle were reportedly killed and farms were burned. According to local residents, the bombings were “violent” and targeted the areas of Keira, Sabi and Tabaldiya Delmah. These villages are located about 15km west of Tabet, the main base of government troops and pro-government militias in the region.
Onlookers told Radio Dabanga that “intensive bombings” resumed on Thursday, killing another 72 cattle and burning more farms. The bombings used by the government were “strange,” according to witnesses, who affirmed never seeing them before. They explained that, after hitting the ground, these shells broke into seven pieces and destroyed large areas. Their smoke is causing vomiting, skin sensitivity and eye infections, residents told Radio Dabanga. On Thursday, victims pointed out, the government dropped a total of 13 bombs on the area.
• Bombardment East Jebel Marra kills two | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (15 November 2012) – An aerial bombardment in East Jebel Marra on Wednesday morning, November 14, reportedly killed two people, Radio Dabanga was informed. The aerial bombardment was said to be carried out by the Sudanese Air Forces in several villages in East Jebel Marra. Mustafa Tambour, military spokesperson* of Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdelwahid Nur, disclosed to Radio Dabanga that the heavy shelling started at nine in the morning and lasted for approximately two hours. Tambour said that the areas of Vanaga, Jebel Hareez and East Jebel Marra were exposed to bombardments. He added that the shelling resulted in the death of a number of civilians and appealed to the UN Security Council for an intervention to stop the bombardments targeting civilians, Tambour added to Radio Dabanga from the field.
At the same time, witnesses from Zam Zam camp told Radio Dabanga they heard sounds of shelling and aerial bombardments coming from Wadi Murrah and Tangarara. The witnesses added they saw at least 20 aircrafts take off from El-Fasher airport in the direction of East Jebel Marra, they added to Radio Dabanga from Zam Zam camp.
• Sources: SAF bombs East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (13 November 2012) – Witnesses and sources from East Jebel Marra informed Radio Dabanga that around 25 shells were dropped by the Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) on Monday November 12. The witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the shells were dropped in the area south of Abu Zereiga and northeast of Shangil Tobay, Lamina and Wadi Murrah. Clashes erupted between the Sudanese army and the Sudan Revolutionary Front in Wadi Murrah on Friday November 9. The sources could not confirm any casualties, but pointed out that they could see fire and smoke rising from several places.
• Bombings kill pregnant woman | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (2 November 2012) – Heavy shelling in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, killed one woman and left another two girls injured, Radio Dabanga has learned on Thursday, 1 November. According to a witness, the seven-month pregnant woman Aisha Adam Ahmed died on Thursday in the El-Fasher teaching hospital after an Antonov airplane bombed the village of Sindika, on Wednesday evening. In addition, another two girls got injured: Suhaibah Mahmoud, seven years old and Halima Moussa Adam, 17 years old. A witness told Radio Dabanga that the shelling in East Jebel Marra targeted the following areas: Hashaba, Kouto, Dali, Toko Mari and Karafola and Sindika. He said that in addition 45 livestock were also killed and large farming areas were burned due to the bombings.
• Aerial bombardments East Jebel Marra continue | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (31 October 2012) – Aerial bombardments in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Wednesday October 31 have injured one person, Radio Dabanga was informed. The aerial bombardment destroyed a number of homes and continued for two hours, the witnesses added. The targeted areas reportedly include Hashaba, Kouto, Dali, Toko Mari and Karafola in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur. Witnesses described the bombardment as “extremely intense,” and explained that a large number of residents fled the area in search of safety…. According to residents from the area, the bombardments caused several fires. They added that they could not confirm the number of casualties, if any, due to the intensity of the bombardment and people fleeing the area.
• Renewed airstrikes in East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (30 October 2012) – Several areas in East Jebel Marra have been exposed to airstrikes by the Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) on Tuesday October 30, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that an Antonov plane started shelling the areas of Kunjara, Sunduga, Karvala and Tardona at around three o’clock on Monday night. The shelling reportedly continued for an hour and a half. They added that five bombs were dropped in the area of Kunjara and ten bombs in the areas of Sunduga, Karvala and Tardona. The witnesses pointed out that the shelling resulted in the death of 15 donkeys, a number of cows and sheep, at a water reservoir in the area of Kunjara. In the area of Sunduga four cows and a number of lambs and sheep died as a result of the shelling, as well as the outbreak of widespread fires in millet, sorghum, beans and sesame farms, the witnesses added. They said that the continuous SAF shelling of areas in East Jebel Marra is not just aiming at killing and displacing people, it is also aiming at destroying the people’s livelihood (farming, cattle and water sources), the witnesses added to Radio Dabanga from East Jebel Marra.
Witnesses from the area disclosed to Radio Dabanga that resident Adam Saleh, an elderly man of 80 years old, was killed in Saturday’s shelling of al-Sabi village, adding that two children, Hawa and Adam Saleh, were injured on the same day as a result of an airstrike at about two kilometers outside of al-Sabi. They revealed that many villages and Among the areas are al-Sabi, Sharfa, Doulmah, Hillat Umm Bouje, Nimera and Kera, extensive areas of East Jebel Marra have been exposed to shelling on Saturday. the witnesses added to Radio Dabanga in this regard.
At the same time, a witness told Radio Dabanga that the intense shelling on Saturday led to a fire, burning 700 acres of agricultural land, adding that the fire is still burning. The witness explained that residents are not equipped to extinguish the widespread fire. Residents asked Radio Dabanga “Where is UNAMID to help us?” adding that the fire can be seen all the way from Shangil Tobay as well as from Tawila. “Why don’t they [UNAMID] do something? Why don’t they write a report about this?” the residents added.
• Continued airstrikes in East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (25 October 2012) – The Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) allegedly bombed east Tabet, south Hashaba and East Jebel Marra in North Darfur on Wednesday afternoon October 24, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. Residents told Radio Dabanga that the bombing caused residents to flee, as many farms caught fire. The residents added that no casualties have been reported yet, but that the bombings sparked fear and panic among residents. The area of East Jebel Marra has been witnessing repetitive airstrikes during the past two months. Residents appealed to the international community to intervene and pressure the government to stop the airstrikes…
At the same time, remains of the continuous airstrikes on East Jebel Marra of the past two months have led to the spread of unknown viruses. According to residents, the viruses cause vomiting, diarrhea and, in a number of cases, numbness in the eyes. It was added that mainly children, pregnant women and elderly suffer from the unknown viruses. Witnesses recounted to Radio Dabanga that remains of the bombings, fires, smoke fumes and gas have led to the spread of poison, and added that most of the victims are younger than five years old. According to the witnesses, more people are dying every day, which is a result of the government’s use of “illegal” bombs in East Jebel Marra and surrounding areas. The witnesses confirmed that the constant bombardment of water sources has led to poisoning among residents. The nearest hospital for treatment and examination is in either El–Fasher or Tabet; however, residents fear the presence of militias in those hospitals and avoid visiting these hospitals.
• Airstrike on East Jebel Marra injures 2 | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (15 October 2012) – Two persons got injured as a result of an airstrike on East Jebel Marra on Sunday evening October 14, sources told Radio Dabanga. They said one of the injured victims was burned after a warplane dropped four bombs on the village of Tabaldia Dolma in East Jebel Marra. A local witness told Radio Dabanga that 50 acres broke out in flames due to the airstrike.
• SAF bombings in East Jebel Marra kill 2 | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (7 October 2012) – A woman and her child died on Saturday October 6 in Hillat Argo, East Jebel Marra in North Darfur, after the Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) bombed the region. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that SAF continued its bombardments in the area of East Jebel Marra, including the villages of Turdi, Goz Douro and Hillat Argo. The witnesses added that the shelling lasted throughout the day. The bombings resulted in the killing of Minni Yagoub and her sonEl-Sadiq Mohamedain in Hillat Argo….
Furthermore, sources told Radio Dabanga that a woman died of a heart attack after seeing the bodies of her husband and three children, killed as a result of Wednesday’s shelling in the area. According to sources, two MiG airplanes bombed Mount Selo Kndua, near Shangil Tobay, East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Thursday afternoon, 4 October.
• East Jebel Marra air strikes leave four dead | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (3 October 2012) – Sheikh Joma’a Saleh, and his three sons, Hawa, Adam and Abdullah, were killed when an Antonov aircraft dropped three bombs at approximately 30 kilometers west of Tabit in North Darfur on Wednesday morning October 3. Witnesses informed Radio Dabanga that the air strike took place around 10 in the morning of Wednesday. The bombings led to the killing of sheikh Joma’a and his three sons as well as the death of a number of livestock.
The witnesses confirmed to Radio Dabanga that aerial bombardments resumed on Wednesday evening in the area north of Katoor village. Two bombs were dropped at approximately six o’clock in the evening. The shelling resulted in fires as well as the death of a number of livestock. Nearby residents fled from the area. No casualties have been reported yet.
• Renewed aerial bombings in East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (1 October 2012) – According to witnesses, the Sudanese air force carried out renewed aerial bombings in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur on Monday, 1 October. No reports of casualties have been confirmed yet. According to onlookers, the region of Kira, located about 15km west of Tabit, near East Jebel Marra, was hit by the recent shelling. They reported that two MiG airplanes bombed the area at about 5:30pm, and that three huts got burned.
• Bombings continue in Hashaba, 60 died so far | Radio Dabanga, HASHABA (28 September 2012) – Sources from Hashaba, Kutum locality, North Darfur, reported seeing clouds of smoke rising from nearby villages on Thursday afternoon, 27 September, after the Sudanese air force bombed the area. Since Wednesday, 60 civilians have died and more than 50 got injured, Radio Dabanga was informed. A source added that hundreds are missing. A farmer from Hashaba told Radio Dabanga he saw a MiG plane bombing the area at about 11am on Thursday and the nearby Khashm valley being shelled at about 6pm the same day. Hashaba residents appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene and pressure the government of Sudan to stop the aerial bombings on civilians.
• Hashaba area hit by aerial attacks | Radio Dabanga, HASHABA (27 September 2012) – Hashaba area was hit by an aerial attack on Wednesday morning September 26, according to news reports from Kutum locality, North Darfur. The aerial attack was carried out by fighter helicopters and dense smoke could be seen rising from the town’s market, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. Other reports mention that several people were killed and injured by the attack. At the time of the attack, pro-government militias engaged in widespread looting in the region. Fathi Osman Ahmed, official spokesperson* of SLM-Abdullah Yahya, announced the death of 47 civilians, among them 11 women, and 38 injured civilians, as a result of the aerial attack on the market and its surrounding areas on Tuesday.
• SAF bombings kill three people | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (27 September 2012) – Three people were killed, among them a three-year-old child, when the area of Fanga was struck by an aerial attack from the Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) on Tuesday September 25. The SAF planes dropped six shells in the Fanga area of East Jebel Marra. Mustafa Tambour, SLM-Abdulwahid military spokesman*, confirmed to Radio Dabanga that the bombing occurred at about 300 meters from Fanga’s market, killing three civilians. The fatal victims are Abdullah Ahmed Tamasoh el-Moos, Mohamedein Idris Babiker and Umm Salma Mohamed Mousa. Tambour added that the bombardments caused residents to flee to neighboring valleys and creeks, seeking refuge and safety.
• More bombardments in East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (24 September 2012) – A MiG plane dropped shells near a bore-hole in the Torta region east of Fanga, East Jebel Marra locality, North Darfur, on Monday morning 24 September. No fatal victims were reported, except for the loss of (several) livestock. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that MiG planes bombarded the areas of Hillat Wad Ali and Tangarara, Wadi Marra and Torta. The shelling caused residents to flee and seek refuge in neighboring farms, demanding security and protection. The bombardments caused widespread panic among the residents, a witness from East Jebel Marra told Radio Dabanga. On the other hand, a resident from East Jebel Marra described the humanitarian conditions for the locals as “very bad.”
• Sudan army and SRF clash, bombs kill 15 | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (19 September 2012) – Heavy clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) took place between Tabet and Khazan Tinjur, in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, on Wednesday morning, 19 September, according to witnesses. The amount of fatal victims is not yet known. The SRF* and residents confirmed the incident to Radio Dabanga, adding that a wide street in the area was targeted by massive shelling.
On Tuesday, 18 September, 13 people died in two separate incidents took place between Zam Zam and Tabet. Radio Dabanga was informed that both accidents were caused by bombs dropped by the SAF. In the first incident, 11 people traveling in two vehicles were killed when both cars were shelled, onlookers reported. They said that one of the vehicles was carrying 10 passengers, eight of them died and the other two survived. The second vehicle was carrying two passengers and the driver, according to witnesses. They said all of them died and the car was completely destroyed.
On Wednesday witnesses affirmed that SAF bombings killed a nine-year-old girl and left her mother in critical condition. They said Suad Bakr Hamid and her mother, KhadijaOmar Mohammed Issa, were hit when traveling from their farm to their home in El-Kunjar, north of Tabet, on a horse cart. Another farmer was killed by an SAF bomb while working in his land in the same area, Radio Dabanga has learned.
Sources told Radio Dabanga that heavy SAF shelling burned two houses and killed two donkeys and three goats in El-Kunjar, north of Tabet. In addition, residents said they fled the village to nearby valleys and mountains. They could not confirm if there were any fatal victims. In addition, a resident from Kushineh, north of Tabet, informed Radio Dabanga that he saw a cloud of smoke and heard loud blasts coming from El-Kunjar. According to witnesses, the following villages located north of Tabet were also targeted by shelling: Sekane, Hilla Krengo, Koren Tiniga and Hilla Kadarik.
The aerial bombardments in East Jebel Marra led to a new wave of civilian displacement from cities and villages to IDP camps, camps leaders from Dali and Rwanda told Radio Dabanga. The leaders pointed out that people are coming from the villages of Goz Duru, Timo, Derty and Argo in East Jebel Marra. In addition, they said the condition of these families is critical. Children have no clothes and there is no availability of shelters or medicine for these people, as the camp is also lacking these items, according to the leaders. They appealed to the World Food Program and to OCHA to resolve this situation as soon as possible and help these victims.
• SAF aerial bombings kill four people | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (11 September 2012) – Witnesses informed Radio Dabanga that on Tuesday 11 September, four civilians were killed in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur, as a result of aerial bombings. They said a Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Antonov airplane flew above the area for about two hours before dropping a total of 10 bombs. Onlookers informed Radio Dabanga that the fatal victims include a woman and a child. They said the 10 bombs were dropped by the SAF in an area about one kilometer east from Fanga market, East Jebel Marra. The names of the fatal victims are: Saleh Abker, 70 years old; Mohammad Yaqub, 50 years old; Mariam Yehia, 60 years old; and Ahmed Saleh, 12 years old. Another eyewitness, speaking to Radio Dabanga from East Jebel Marra, confirmed that the aerial bombings took place in the area. He added that the shelling and killings on the ground have been going on for two months.
• Air strikes and villages attacked in Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (27 August 2012) – Several areas of Jebel Marra were hit by air strikes on Monday August 27, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) confirmed*. At the same time, several villages in the area were attacked and markets were looted by pro-government militias. Mustafa Tambour, official spokesperson* of the SLM led by Abdul Wahid Mohamed El-Nour, accused the government of supporting pro-government militias. Tambour said East Darfur is suffering from an increase in the number of attacks. Nine villages in East Jebel Marra were attacked on Monday August 27, he stated. He added that the attacks resulted into the flight of many residents towards neighbouring valleys and mountains.
• More than 2,000 people fled Hashaba attacks | Radio Dabanga, MELLIT (September 30, 2012) – More than 2,000 people who fled the recent attacks around Hashaba have arrived to Ba’ashim area, north of Mellit, North Darfur, on Sunday, 30 September, Radio Dabanga was informed. Sources told Radio Dabanga that these people traveled for three days by foot, hiding around mountains and valleys when it was light and moving only by night. This way, sources explained, the victims could avoid being found by pro-government militias during their journey to Ba’ashim. Witnesses said these people are suffering from fatigue, adding that they barely ate or drank anything during the three days they traveled.
They added that the 2,000 people who arrived in Ba’ashim represent only one fourth of the victims who fled the Hashaba attacks. According to witnesses accounts, Hashaba and surrounding villages saw intense aerial bombardments last Wednesday and Thursday, 26 and 27 September. In addition, pro-government militias were also accused by sources of invading the area during the same period. The attacks allegedly resulted in more than 80 people dead or injured around Hashaba area, sources told Radio Dabanga. They added that villages were also looted and plundered.
• Low flying planes cause panic in Mershing | Radio Dabanga, MERSHING (26 August 2012) – An activist from Mershing IDP camp in South Darfur revealed that two Sudanese Air Forces (SAF) planes flew over the camp several times on Saturday August 25. The planes were flying low and made a lot of noise, as if they were preparing to drop bombs. Several IDPs fled to neighboring valleys and forests. Three women in Mershing IDP camp suffered from miscarriages caused by fear and panic. The low-flying planes caused widespread panic among IDPs, women and children in particular and uprooted several homes in the camp. The activist said two MiG planes were spotted diving low over the camp several times.
• SAF bombings in East Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (20 August 2012) – Sources told Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) bombed East Jebel Marra, Darfur region, on Sunday and Monday. According to them several citizens were killed and wounded. Witnesses said that dozens of cattle also died due to the heavy shelling by the SAF. They added that yesterday between 8am until 1pm an Antonov airplane was circling above East Jebel Marra and dropped dozens of bombs. The following places were hit: Crawfla, Dali, Masalit, Venka and Dubbo. A person who fled Venka said he saw one adult and three children bleeding and lying on the ground, but he could not confirm if they were dead or alive. The victim informed Radio Dabanga that citizens fled the affected areas and are now hiding in valleys and mountains in the surroundings. He calls on the UN and humanitarian organizations to intervene as soon as possible and protect the citizens.
• UN-AU: Reports of Air Raids in Sudan’s Darfur | Agence France-Presse, Khartoum (August 9, 2012) – International peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region said Thursday they have received reports of alleged aerial bombing that forced villagers to flee, adding to an upsurge of violence in the vast region. Peacekeepers based in Shangil Tobay on Tuesday saw people arriving at the Nifasha camp for displaced people, said Christopher Cycmanick of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). “Apparently they said they fled due to bombings in the area from 3-6 August,” he told Agence France Presse.
The new arrivals reported that they escaped from the Dolma area and surrounding villages, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Shangil Tobay, south of the North Darfur state capital El Fasher. Cycmanick said the government denied access to UNAMID peacekeepers who tried to reach the area. Sudan’s army spokesman, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, said the military did not have “an active operation” in the area, where rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army’s Minni Minnawi faction are active. The military uses “all means that allow it to protect civilians from the rebels,” he said. In a report last month, Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based independent research project, said the Darfur conflict “continues to be characterized by aerial bombardment… in support of ground operations against rebel forces themselves and, in some cases, deliberately targeting civilian settlements believed to be supportive or identified with rebel forces.”
This occurs despite a UN Security Council ban on offensive military flights, it said.
A new spurt of unrest in Darfur since last week saw security forces shoot dead eight protesters in the South Darfur city of Nyala, and troops deployed in the North Darfur town of Kutum where eight people died during looting and other violence.
• East Jebel Marra Bombing | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA, (8 August 2012) – Eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga that an Antonov plane bombed the areas of Hillat Ahmed, Hillat Abaker, Um Kadaldal, Kabka, Lourtik and Trungfawi, South Darfur. In addition, villages southeast of Tabit and the area south of al-Malam, South Darfur were also bombed. This is the fourth day of bombings in the area. Sources cannot confirm if there were any civilian casualties as inhabitants fled in different directions in search of protection and safety in neighboring valleys and mountains.
• Young herders killed and injured after SAF shelling in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (7 August 2012) – On Tuesday three herders were killed and four were injured in Tabaldiya Dalma village, East Jebel Marra, North Darfur. According to victims’ relatives the Sudanese Air Force dropped five bombs on the area from an Antonov airplane. The bombs hit the herders as they returned home at sunset. The fatal victims are: Nona Ahmed Abaker, 11 years old, Adam Omar Abdullah, 10 years old and Rauda Adam Zacharias, 10 years old. The injured herders are: Abdullah Musa Ismail, 7 years old and his sister Um al nas Musa Ismail, 12 years old, Mariam Ahmed Omar 12 years old and Sadia Zakaria, 13 years old. A large amount of livestock was also destroyed.
• SAF bombed several areas west of Jabal Marra and Abu Hamra | Radio Dabanga, JEBEL MARRA (6 August 2012) – Eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga that the SAF (Sudanese Air Forces) have bombed the areas of Jabal Heraiz, north Shangil Tobay, Wadi Mirra, Abu Hamra and Tangararah for three consecutive days. The witnesses added that the bombings resulted in the death of numerous livestock and the injuring of a young mother. Many people reportedly fled the area and left their farms behind.
• Hundreds displaced due to bombings in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, JEBEL MARA (6 Aug 2012) – Hundreds were displaced from east Jebel Mara to Tawila locality, North Darfur. According to a witness, this is the result of the Sudanese Armed Forces’ (SAF) intensive bombing on east Jebel Marra throughout the week. A source informed Radio Dabanga that residents from the villages of Arosha, Hijer, Deloomi, Humeda, Sabi, Wadi Mora, Tangarara were moved to Tawila locality in North Darfur. One of the fugitives said that dozens of people, including a large number of women, children and elders, are still in open fields, forests and valleys. They have no food, no medicine and no shelter. He added that after the bombings pro-government militias chased and dragged the people out of their homes and plundered their livestock. Victims appeal to the international community and humanitarian organizations to provide them protection and aid.
• Security and humanitarian situation in East Jebel Marra area deteriorating EAST | Radio Dabanga, JEBEL MARRA (17 July 2012) –Thousands of residents are without health care. Those seeking medical treatment are forced to take a seven-day donkey ride to El Fasher. A local administrator and activist described the situation as catastrophic, during an interview with Radio Dabanga.
He claims the continuous bombardments since 2003 have destroyed all water sources, forcing citizens to drink water from the craters left by the air strikes. It has been reported that the water is infected by toxic materials that pours out of the bombs. He appealed to the international community and the United Nations to put pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the indiscriminate air strikes against civilians. He added that the international community and the Security Council have failed to put a halt to the aerial bombardment.
• Government bombings kill 4 and injure 15 in South Jebel Marra area | Radio Dabanga, ZALINGEI (15 July 2012) – Four (4) were killed and fifteen (15) injured during an aerial attack by the Sudanese Air Forces in Central Darfur. Antonov airplanes bombed towns in the South Jebel Marra area including Saboon El Fagur, Guldo and Bor Basi. Sources told Radio Dabanga the bombings killed Suleiman Abaker Ahmed and his three children. He and his children named Miriam, aged 3, Magbula, aged 5 and Al Nazir, aged 7, were killed while walking in a field close to Guldo.
• Bombardments in East Jebel Marra area, fear effects of toxic material | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (8 July 2012) – Sudanese Air Forces carried out bombardments in Kanjara and Kashni, 25 km north of Tabit in East Jebel Marra, on Sunday, a witness who fled the scene told Radio Dabanga. The bombardments were carried out by one Antonov and one MIG aircraft. The number of human causalities is unknown, but the eyewitness stated he saw tens of dead cattle. He expressed the suspicion that the bombardments acted as a cover for a Sudanese army convoy traveling from El Fasher to Nyala.
He also reported that tens of people and cattle died after drinking from the craters left by the bombardments. He suspects the water is infected by toxic materials that poured out of the bombs. Citizens of Kanjara and Kashni continue to drink the contaminated water for lack of an alternative. The eyewitness, who lives in the IDP camp Zam Zam, returned to his lands for the seasonal harvest. He explains that attacks by militias make the trip and working on the lands perilous. His friend Adam Ahmed Ali was killed during such an attack on Sunday whilst working his fields.
• Residents East Jebel Marra flee after seven days of consecutive bombing | Radio Dabanga, ZALINGEI (1 July 2012) – The Sudanese Air Force (SAF) bombed the area of East Jebel Marra, including the towns of Abu Hamra, Dabaneira in the South Darfur state. Radio Dabanga reports based on eyewitnesses that the SAF have dropped five to ten bombs per day for seven consecutive days now. A large number of cattle perished as a result of the airstrikes, including seventy sheep and seventeen camels. He also stated that the inhabitants of these areas are increasingly fleeing their homes and traveling to Al Malam in hope of more safety.
• Sudan: Citizens Afraid of Leaving Homes Due to Heavy Bombing | Radio Dabanga, EL-GENEINA (28 June 2012) – Heavy bombing by the Sudanese Air Force in the Malam area prevented citizens from leaving their homes eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga. They said that the Sudanese Air Force bombed the towns of Malam Menawashi, Abu Hamra, Girdeed and Dabba-Nayra in East Jebel Marra, West Darfur. An eyewitness from Malam told Radio Dabanga they heard explosions and saw smoke in the North and West of the Malam area. A lot of farmers, traders and herders did not leave their homes out of fear for their own safety and that of their cattle. Adam Salah, the spokesperson* of SLA-Minnawi, said the bombing of these areas in addition to Mashruh Abu Zeyd case continued the whole of Wednesday. He also said over six bombs were dropped in the area of Jabal Al Farra and Sibai in South Darfur.
• Sudanese Air Force bombing in Darfur lasts for hours | Radio Dabanga, EL FASHER (25 June 2012) – The Sudanese Air Forces have bombed East Jebel Marra on Sunday morning, as various sources have reported to Radio Dabanga. Antonov planes attacked the areas of Sabi, Mashruh Abuzaid, and Kira in the East Jebel Marra area in North Darfur. Ahmed Yacoub, the spokesperson* of the SLA- Justice (Katbino) told Radio Dabanga that airstrikes started at 10 AM Sunday morning and continued until the afternoon. The bombing forced citizens to flee into the valleys and mountains. Some headed towards the Zam Zam camp near El Fasher.
• Woman killed in air strikes in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga, NUMEIRA (11 JUNE 2012) – A woman was killed in air strikes in an area 30 km west of Numeira village in North Darfur. Witnesses said Fatima Ali Muhammed died as the Sudanese air force dropped bombs near a group of herders. The strikes also wiped out several sheep and cattle. Witnesses said residents were angry at the government launching strikes in a civilian area and condemned the action as murder. They said they hold defence minister Abdul Rahim Muhammed Hussein as responsible….
• Air raids decimate livestock near East Jebel Mara – Darfur | Radio Dabanga, EAST JEBEL MARRA (14 May 2012) – Eyewitnesses have told Radio Dabanga of renewed air raids on Tuesday on areas of East Jebel Marra in Darfur, which led to the death of large numbers of livestock. According to the witnesses, between 12pm and 1:30pm, a Sudanese Air Force Antonov aircraft dropped several bombs on the area of Dadi and Kair. Local sources also saw three bombs dropped by an Antonov on water wells in the Dadi area which killed large numbers of livestock. They say that three herders’ children are also still unaccounted for. The population of East Jebel Marra have asked the international community to put pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians and water sources in the region. They described the situation in East Jebel Marra as very bad, especially as the area does not have a health centre for the wounded to receive treatment.
• SAF increasing Antonov planes taking off from El Fasher | Radio Dabanga, EL FASHER (15 May 2012) – Residents residing near El Fasher airport in North Darfur have said the Sudanese air force has increased the number of Antonov planes leaving the base on an hourly basis from last Thursday until Monday afternoon. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the increase is starkly noticeable and has drawn the attention of residents for the first time. The head of the Darfur Regional Authority Tijani Sissi said there are armed movements in North Darfur preparing to carry out operations, with the purpose of undermining the implementation of the Darfur Document for Peace. As a regional authority he said it is their duty to enforce the peace agreement and maintain security in the area.
• Man killed in SAF strikes in Tawila | Radio Dabanga, TAWILA (15 May 2012) – A man was killed and eight others wounded in air strikes south of Tawila, North Darfur. A resident described his life as “hell” due to the ongoing aerial bombardment by the Sudanese air force in Numeira, Kouto, Dali, Crowla and Masalit areas of Tawila last Friday to Sunday. He said Muhammed Ab Bakr Muhammed was killed and Fatima Abdullah, Hawa’ Abbaker Yagoub, Maymuna Yahya Abbaker, Mariam Hassan Juma, Abdul Qader Saleh and two children Nur Eldaim Saleh and Ibrahim Musa Saleh, Haroun, Adam Saleh Issa were injured in the attacks. The witness added that 12 cows were also killed along with the destruction of seven houses. He said residents remain living in a state of terror while the SAF planes continue to fly overhead.
• Two injured in air strikes in South Darfur | Radio Dabanga, LABADU/LABADO (10 May 2012) – Two herders were injured and more than 80 sheep killed when an Antonov plane dropped four bombs on a valley near Labadu in South Darfur this morning. Witnesses from Labadu told Radio Dabanga that El Tom Bakhit and Abdel Aziz were herding their sheep when a Sudanese army plane dropped the bombs. The two men were taken to hospital in Nyala for treatment. They added that there are no armed rebel movements operating in the area and asked why they were targeted in a civilian area. The witnesses also appealed to the UN to intervene to stop aerial bombardments and targeting civilian areas.