Sudan – The Sudanese government is sending more troops to the restive Darfur region, after a spike in violence there.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the forces would protect people during the farming season.
The UN said that unidentified gunmen killed more than 60 people in the region on Saturday, and another 2o the day before.
Many people, hundreds and thousands, have died in fighting between government forces and rebels since 2003. Millions have been forced from their homes. ‘
According to the UN Office for the Co-Ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in the latest upsurge, a number of villages were burned, and markets and shops looted.
“The escalation of violence in different parts of Darfur region is leading to increased displacement, compromising the agricultural season, causing loss of lives and livelihoods and driving growing humanitarian needs,” the office said in a statement.
No group has so far said it carried out the attacks.