Sudan: clashes in Darfur kill 48

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Militia attacks and tribal clashes have continued since Saturday in El-Geneina, capital of West Darfur.

Armed militias favorable to the Arab nomads then attacked the town and several houses were set on fire (Photo illustration).

AFP

Tribal clashes and militia attacks in West Darfur, a vast region of western Sudan, have killed at least 48 people since Saturday, according to a new report released Sunday by the Sudanese official Suna news agency.

“The death toll in El-Geneina, capital of West Darfur, has reached 48 dead,” the agency said, citing the local branch of the doctors’ union. The violence, which continues, has also left 97 injured, according to the same source.

On Saturday, violence broke out, opposing the Al-Massalit tribe to the Arab nomads in El-Geneina. Armed militias favorable to the Arab nomads then attacked the town and several houses were set on fire.

Resurgence of clashes between tribes

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok gave the order to send a delegation of “high rank” to West Darfur to monitor the situation, Suna said on Saturday.

Darfur is experiencing an upsurge in tribal clashes, which left 15 dead and dozens injured at the end of December, a few days before the end of the joint UN-African Union peace mission, a 13 years.

The conflict that began in 2003 between forces loyal to the Khartoum regime and the insurgents left some 300,000 dead and more than 2.5 million displaced, mainly during the first years, according to the United Nations.

To fight against the insurgents, the Sudanese authorities had deployed the Janjaweed, an armed militia composed mainly of Arab nomads, accused of “ethnic cleansing” and rape.

The Sudanese transitional government – set up after the fall of the autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 caused by several months of popular protest – signed a peace agreement in October with several rebel groups including in Darfur.

(AFP)

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