ICC Investigates Violence In Darfur

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The International Criminal Court told the UN that an investigation has been launched into reports of violence in Darfur. ICC prosecutors are “closely tracking reports of extrajudicial killings, burning of homes and markets, and looting, in Al Geneina, West Darfur. In El Geneina, witnesses have reported waves of attacks by Arab militias and the RSF against the non-Arab Masalit people.

KHARTOUM JULY 14: The International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor told the UN that an investigation has been launched into reports of killings, rapes, arson, displacement and crimes affecting children in Sudan’s Darfur region.

– “The office can confirm that it has commenced investigations in relation to incidents occurring in the context of the present hostilities,” the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan’s office said in a report to the U.N. Security Council.

ICC prosecutors are “closely tracking reports of extrajudicial killings, burning of homes and markets, and looting, in Al Geneina, West Darfur, as well as the killing and displacement of civilians in North Darfur and other locations across Darfur,” the report said.

While applauding the ICC’s investigation, the U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned continued “atrocities and ethnically targeted killings” committed in West Darfur.

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