UN Chief condemns looting of UN facilities in Darfur

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned looting and attacks on UN facilities in Darfur, which were given to the Sudanese government for civilian use.

According to official reports, unknown armed groups assaulted a World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State, on Tuesday evening. A total of 1,900 metric tonnes of food goods were stolen, enough to sustain 730,000 individuals in need for a month.

At the old UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) base in El Fasher, looting and violence were reported earlier this week.

Guterres urged Sudan to restore order in a statement released on Thursday. According to the framework agreement reached in March, the authorities must ensure that former UNAMID properties and assets are only used for civilian purposes.In addition, the UN chief encouraged Sudanese authorities to make a safe working environment and passage possible for the region's remaining UN missions. Finally, he commended the UN civilian and uniformed forces who continue to work in "difficult" conditions on the ground.

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