460,000 displaced in Sudan's Darfur this year: UN

AFP , Thursday 14 Nov 2013

The OCHA says the number of internally displace people is more than that of 2011 and 2012 combined

Tribal violence and rebel-government battles have displaced at least 460,000 people in Sudan's Darfur this year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as violence worsens in the western region.

"According to humanitarian organisations, so far in 2013 at least 460,000 people have fled their homes in Darfur as a result of inter-tribal fighting and clashes between the SAF (Sudanese army) and armed movements," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly bulletin.

"This is more than the number of people internally displaced in Darfur in 2011 and 2012 combined."

The latest figure marks a jump from the 300,000 who UN humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos announced in May had been displaced during the first five months of the year.

Tribal violence has eclipsed rebel activity as Darfur's major security threat, Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein said in a briefing to parliament on Tuesday.

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