Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129

  • Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129

Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129

Ongoing tribal clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur have killed at least 48 people and wounded almost 100 people in the latest bout of violence to hit the region, state media reported.

The ruling sovereign council met Sunday and said security forces would be deployed to the area.

Then on Monday, a separate outbreak of fighting erupted in South Darfur state, with Arab Rizeigat men in pickup trucks flanked by riders on motorcycles and camels sweeping to a village home to the Fallata tribe.

Among the dead was a USA citizen. Among the dead was a US citizen, Saeed Baraka, from Atlanta, who was visiting family in Darfur.

The Sudanese Professionals Association said the violence in West Darfur shows the "deficiencies" of the peace agreement, which they said did not address the roots of the crisis in the region. After the accident, a curfew was imposed in the area.

It said clashes subsided by midday on Sunday and the security situation started to improve.

Sudan has been undergoing a fragile transition since the April 2019 ouster of president Omar al-Bashir following mass protests against his autocratic rule.

According to local media reports, the clashes erupted after a fight on January 15 between two people in a displaced camp in El Geneina.

"As UNITAMS now is in charge, the (U.N. Security Council) and global community should make sure that the new mission is well positioned to fully discharge its mandate, in particular on protection of civilians, monitoring and reporting on human rights abuses", he said.

The violence in Darfur came two weeks after the U.N. Security Council ended the joint U.N. The UNAMID force, established in 2007, is expected to complete its withdrawal by June 30.

"The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48", the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of West Darfur state and quoting the local branch of the country's doctors' union.

"Darfuris have suffered extreme violence and atrocities for many years at the hands of the same military and its paramilitary forces - that are now tasked with keeping them safe", Horner said.

The latest attack took place close to the town of Gereida, where two residents said an Arab militia had attacked members of the Fallata tribe. He shared footage showing properties burned to the ground, and wounded people on stretchers and in hospital beds.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 5 million people there received humanitarian assistance between January and September 2020.

The violence is the most significant fighting reported since the signing of a peace agreement in October, which observers hoped would end years of war that has left the vast western region awash with weapons.