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Tribal clashes in Sudan's Darfur leave 36 dead, dozens injured

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Members of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission are seen at a protest against the mission’s withdrawal, in a displaced people’s camp in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, in late 2020. (Photo by AFP)

New tribal clashes between ethnic groups in South Darfur have left 36 people dead and dozens injured, authorities say.

The official Sudanese news agency, SUNA, has confirmed the numbers, saying that the clashes erupted on Saturday between two African and Arabian tribes of Falata and Ta’isha, respectively.

Sudan’s national army is working to restore peace to the region.

“The South Darfur State Security Committee, in its meeting Sunday, decided to push for additional military reinforcements to the area to prosecute the perpetrators, prevent a recurrence of the incident, and form legal investigation committees,” SUNA reported. 

The wali of South Darfur, Musa Mahdi, said that the deployed joint forces in Am Dafouk have been successful in “separating the warring tribes, in the areas of Mandouh, Mirmasa, and Mjangari.”

Tribal war is raging in several places of Darfur as a result of conflicts over land, resources, and grazing zones.

In April, at least 132 people were killed in West Darfur in fighting between members of the Massalit tribe and Arab communities, forcing authorities to impose a state of emergency.

According to the United Nations, at least 200 people were killed and 240 wounded, and about 116,000 were displaced as a result of tribal clashes in January alone in South and West Darfur.

Darfur’s conflict surged in 2003 when then-president Omar al-Bashir’s government empowered Arab militias to battle rebel groups, which resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the displacement of more than two million people.

Violence intensified across Sudan after al-Bashir was overthrown in April 2019, following mass protests against his rule.

The transitional government has since negotiated with the rebel groups, but a peace deal has proved elusive.

Al-Bashir has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for his treatment of civilians in Darfur.

He is being held in a Khartoum prison after being convicted of corruption by a Sudanese court in late 2019.


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