Four children were among those killed after a military plane crashed a few minutes after takeoff in the Sudanese town of El Geneina.
The aircraft carrying 18 people, including seven crew members crashed five minutes after it left the airport killing everyone on board.
“An Antonov military plane crashed Thursday evening five minutes after it took off from El Geneina Airport, which led to the death of all its crew seven officers in addition to three judges and eight citizens among them are four children,” Military spokesman al-Hassan said.
The military spokesman said an investigation is ongoing to find out the cause of the accident.
A UN Sudan spokesperson said the plane was heading to the capital Khartoum before the crash.
According to the UN tribal clashes in El Geneina, in the state of Darfur, have left 24 dead. The organization and other peacekeeping forces started evacuating their staff and contractors on January 1.