Darfur: 45 dead in new tribal clashes (official)

By on April 1, 2022

KHARTOUM,  (AFP) – At least 45 people have been killed since Tuesday in new tribal clashes in Darfur, a region of western Sudan regularly bereaved by violence, local security authorities said Thursday.

Fighting began Tuesday between the African Fallata tribe and an Arab tribe in villages near Nyala, the capital of Southern Darfur, witnesses told AFP.

“Fighting between the Fallata and Rizeigat tribes left 15 people dead on Tuesday and 30 on Wednesday,” said a statement from the Southern Darfur Security Committee, a local government body, adding that women and children were among the victims.

Earlier, chiefs of the two tribes told AFP separately that fighting had continued on Thursday. The leader of the Fallata tribe had mentioned about thirty dead so far.

A medical source also reported about twenty wounded, some in critical condition, having been transported to nearby hospitals.

According to a resident of Southern Darfur, Mohamed al-Fatteh, the clashes broke out after an Arab leader was killed.

Earlier in March, clashes between herders and farmers in the mountainous Jebel Moun region of Western Darfur bordering Chad left some forty people dead in a week.

Clashes between Arab herders and African farmers over territorial disputes or access to water had already caused the deaths of nearly 250 people from October to December in Darfur, according to a pro-democracy doctors’ union.

The region was ravaged by a civil war that began in 2003 between the Arab-majority regime and ethnic minority insurgents denouncing discrimination.

In this conflict, about 300,000 people have died and nearly 2.5 million have been displaced in the first years of violence, according to the UN.

Sudan, which emerged in 2019 from thirty years of military-Islamist dictatorship, was the scene of a coup in October that interrupted a process aimed at establishing civilian power, deepening the economic crisis.

In Darfur, the security vacuum created by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane’s coup has fostered a resurgence of violence, experts say, with looting of UN bases, tribal fighting, armed attacks and rape.

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