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ICC Note: 21 people were killed in an attack in South Darfur as rebels targeted a military garrison in what could be an increase in violence within a historically violent region. Darfur is historically known for one the worst acts of genocide as minorities and religious minorities were targeted for extermination by the Sudanese military and government. Current President Al-Bashir has an outstanding warrant from the International Criminal Court for his actions in Darfur at the time. Attacks such as this could lead to greater conflict and embroil the region once again into armed conflict placing religious minorities at risk once again. 

11/05/2015 Deribat (All Africa) — In a missile attack on the military garrison of Deribat in East Jebel Marra, South Darfur, this (Wednesday) morning, 21 people were killed and injured.

Multiple sources reported to Radio Dabanga from the area that rebel fighters began to shell the garrison at about 8 am. “The army forces responded by firing missiles too.”

The witnesses said that the two sides continued shelling for about half an hour. Seven army troops were killed, and eight others were wounded.

 A missile that hit the market of Deribat killed Yahya Omar Saleh (35) and Abdelkarim Eisa Ahmed (32). Four other people sustained serious injuries. Three stores burned to the ground.

The wounded soldiers were transferred to Nyala, capital of south Darfur, for treatment. The sources added that aircraft of the Sudanese Air Force circled the area of Deribat the rest of the day.

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