UN to move some staff from Sudan

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The United Nations said it is temporarily removing some civilian staff from Sudan because of the security situation in the country, where security forces on Monday carried out a deadly raid on a protest camp.

Medics linked to the opposition said the death toll from Monday’s operation and subsequent unrest was 108 and it was expected to increase. No official casualty figures were released.

The raid followed weeks of wrangling between the ruling military council and opposition groups over who should lead Sudan’s transition to democracy and marked the worst outbreak of violence since the army ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April.

“We are temporarily relocating some staff from Sudan. There will still be staff on hand to perform critical functions but because of security some are being relocated temporarily,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.

The spokesman provided no information on how many were being moved, where they were going, when they might return and how many would remain. Staff being relocated are civilian and no uniformed personnel are leaving, he said.

UN activities in Sudan include development co-operation and humanitarian assistance as well as peacekeeping by the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) deployed since 2007.