Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.


Syria death toll hits 5,000 as insurgency spreads—Reuters

“More than 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest in Syria, the U.N. human rights chief said, as an insurgency began to overshadow what had initially been street protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s 11-year rule…”

10 Killed in Syria’s Anti-Government Unrest—Voice of America

“Activists say Syrian forces have opened fire on protesters who had gathered at a funeral for a child, killing at least four people…”

Defectors Fight Syrian Troops As Opposition Begins General Strike—Voice of America

“Syrian opposition sources say nearly to 20 people were killed across the country Sunday as bitter fighting erupted in several parts of the country. The fighting occurred as many towns and cities appear to have observed a call for a general strike…”

Syria’s Opposition Split Over Civil, Armed Unrest—Voice of America

“Syria’s opposition has launched a new form of civil disobedience with a general strike, even as armed resistance escalates. The opposing tactics highlight a growing split among those who seek to oust the government, a divide echoed in the mixed signals of the international community…”

Explosion rips through Syria gas pipeline: witness–Reuters

“An explosion ripped through a gas pipeline near the town of Rastan in the central Syrian province of Homs and flames were seen rising from the site, a witness said on Monday, the second reported blast at an energy pipeline in Homs in a week…”

UN Rights Chief Dismisses Syria’s Assad Claims on Credibility—Voice of America

“United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has dismissed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent claims that the U.N. is not a credible organization and that her commission of inquiry failed to contact his government during an investigation of human rights violations in his country…”

French accusations put Syria’s allies in spotlight—Reuters

“France says it believes Syria was behind an attack on U.N. peacekeepers in south Lebanon. While Paris has no proof, Damascus has plenty of armed supporters who might try to destabilize Lebanon to divert attention from its own turmoil…”



Democratic Republic of Congo

UN Mission Wants Congo Electoral Body To Address Poll Dispute—Voice of America

“The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to address concerns over the outcome of the disputed presidential and legislative elections…”

Congo President Says Re-Election Credible, Opposition Must Obey Laws—Voice of America

“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Joseph Kabila is rejecting suggestions that irregularities in last month’s vote cast doubt on the legitimacy of his re-election. The leading opposition candidate is rejecting those results and has declared himself president…”


East Congo Opposition to Protest Kabila Election—Voice of America

“Opposition leaders in eastern Congo are planning to protest the disputed re-election of President Joseph Kabila beginning Tuesday morning.  And while organizers say the protests will be peaceful, some opposition supporters say they fear rallies will spark violence…”



Sudan and South Sudan

SPLA spokesperson warns of a “war situation”—Miraya FM

“The security situation at the borders of Sudan and South Sudan has become tense following attacks on Jau last week says the spokesperson of the Sudan People Liberation Army Colonel Philip Aguer…”

UNHCR: Escalating insecurity disrupts flow of aid in S.Sudan—Miraya FM

“The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday voiced grave concern over the plight of 20,000 refugees in South Sudan who are increasingly at risk as fighting rages near the border with Sudan…”

New clashes in South Kordofan leave 19 dead, rebels say—Sudan Tribune

“Rebels fighting the Sudanese government in South Kordofan State have reported fresh clashes in which 19 people were killed on Saturday as Sudan’s army claimed it choked rebels’ supplies of arms…”

Sudan said to be ready for talks with SPLM-N rebels—Sudan Tribune

“An official representing the ex-opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Sudan’s new government has revealed that doors are now open for a negotiated settlement to the crisis in South Kordofan and Blue Nile…”

9 killed in fresh attack in Jonglei State—Miraya FM

“At least nine people have been killed and about 13 others have been injured in a fresh attack on Pigi County, located on the northern part of Jonglei State…”

More raids frighten citizens of South Sudan’s Jonglei state—Sudan Tribune

“As residents of Jalle Payam (district) organized funerals rituals for last week raid on Friday, more people died on Sunday in Makuach Payam, Bor and others in Pigi county where renegade army general George Athor is holing up with his forces…”

UNMISS SRSG calls for end to violence in Jonglei—Miraya FM

“The killings this week in the villages in Jalle Payam, Bor South County, as well as in Twic East County, underline the importance of the Jonglei Peace Process and the urgent need to move forward, the Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, Hilde Johnson has said…”

Sudan suspends repatriation of South Sudanese children—Miraya FM

“The government of Sudan has postponed the hand over of 900 unaccompanied South Sudanese children until July next year…”

ICC judges dismiss legality of African Union decision on Bashir, refer Malawi’s non-compliance to UNSC—Sudan Tribune

“The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday issued the first decision of its kind dismissing the legality of an African Union (AU) resolutions ordering all its member states not to cooperate with the court in apprehending the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir…”

SAF complicates talks on Abyei, says Minister—Miraya FM

“Sudan Armed Forces’ (SAF) refusal to withdraw from the disputed border region of Abyei is affecting the progress of the talks, the Cabinet Affairs Minister, Deng Alor, has said…”


US Army Special Forces working in central Africa to aid in operations against the LRA

December 12, 2011

Death toll in Syria hits 5,000, warnings issued of a possible massacre in Homs

December 13, 2011