UN-AU mission looking into deadly incident at Darfur demonstration


The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur is investigating an incident that took place today at Zalingei University in which at least one person was killed and several wounded when gunfire broke out during a demonstration.

The incident took place as the Doha peace negotiation team, headed by Qatari Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Abdulla Al-Mahmoud and AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé, was meeting with civil society representatives at the university, located in West Darfur.

Once the demonstration began, Mr. Al-Mahmoud and Mr. Bassolé addressed the crowd in attempt to ease the tension, UN News Service reports.
“However, as the party departed, the protests turned violent, resulting in at least one person killed and several wounded,” UNAMID stated in a news release.

The Doha team is on the final leg of a four-day visit to Darfur aimed at advancing the ongoing peace process which seeks to end a conflict in which some 300,000 have been killed and 2.7 million other driven from their homes in the past seven years.

The visit included extensive consultations with the local authorities and representatives of civil society, including internally displaced persons, nomadic communities and other stakeholders.