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At least 31 killed in Sudan’s Blue Nile clashes

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)
Clashes between Hausa and Birta ethnic groups leave at least 31 people dead in Sudan's Blue Nile province.

Dozens of people were killed and injured in clashes between tribal groups in Sudan’s Blue Nile province, according to a statement by the local government.

At least 31 people died and 39 more were injured in fighting between ethnic Hausa and Birta groups in Sudan’s southeastern region, said the statement released on Friday.

The fighting, which was triggered by the killing of a farmer earlier this week, continued on Saturday afternoon, despite a nightly curfew, an increase in troop numbers and the deployment of Rapid Support Forces.

Some 16 shops were damaged in the town of Roseires some 60 km from the border with neighboring Ethiopia, reports said.

According to Sudan’s Doctors Committee, which tracks violence across the country, the number of injured people brought to hospitals on Saturday increased amid a shortage of emergency and life-saving medicine in the province.

The group called on Sudanese officials in the capital city of Khartoum to help local authorities evacuate the injured people to more advanced hospitals for better treatment.

Sudan plunged back into chaos after the junta seized power following mass protests and a power vacuum caused by the popular uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The junta’s October coup raised serious questions regarding the peaceful transition to democracy in the country, and created doubts whether the military leaders were able to bring law and order to Sudan’s far-reaching areas.

In April, tribal clashes in war-torn Darfur left over 200 people dead.

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