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Upsurge of violence in Darfur is endangering aid workers

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.925-a (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:925
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    The United Nations is evacuating all non-essential staff from Darfur, Sudan, after an upsurge of violence in the past month. Besides continuing militia attacks on displaced people's camps, five African Union peace keepers and two civilian drivers were killed in an ambush by unknown assailants on 8 October.

    The next day another 40 monitoring troops were detained by dissident rebel forces, although they were later released unharmed.

    The UN's secretary general, Kofi Annan, said: “What happened with the African Union soldiers is completely unacceptable … Both rebels and government must understand …

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