South Darfur: 36 people killed in tribal clashes, dozens injured | Middle East News
Officials said that the deployment of the army was to resolve the conflict between Farrata and the Taisha tribe.
Last weekend, conflicts between Arab and non-Arab tribes in Southern Darfur killed at least 36 people and injured dozens of others.
Witnesses said fighting broke out between the Arabian Taisha tribe and the African Farata tribe in the remote Um Dafuq area of ??Southern Darfur on Saturday.
The official news agency SUNA stated that calm had returned to Monday.
“The army was deployed to the conflict zone to resolve the conflict between Farrata and the Taisha tribe, which resulted in 36 deaths and 32 injuries,” SUNA quoted an official in Southern Darfur as saying late on Sunday.
It is not yet clear what caused the conflict, but similar battles often erupt in Darfur over land and water sources.
Eissa Omar, a resident of Um Dafuq, told AFP that “we heard the sound of heavy weapons throughout the battle.” The battle broke out on Saturday and continued on Sunday.
Similar violent incidents have occurred in the vast Darfur region in western Sudan in recent months.
In April, at least 132 people were killed in fighting between members of the Massalit tribe in Western Darfur and the Arab community, forcing the authorities to implement a state of emergency.
In January, conflicts broke out between Arab and non-Arab tribes in Western Darfur and Southern Darfur again, killing more than 250 people.
In April 2019, long-term president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown after a large-scale protest against his rule. Sudan is going through a difficult transition and violence is ensuing.
The transitional government established after al-Bashir stepped down has been pushing for an end to the long-term conflict, including Darfur.
It signed a landmark peace agreement with several major rebel groups in October, and is currently negotiating with the remaining two stubborn groups to reach peace.
The recent violence in Darfur does not seem to involve any signatories to the October peace agreement.
On December 31, the hybrid peacekeeping mission of the United Nations and the African Union ended its operations in Darfur.
Darfur was the site of a fierce conflict in 2003, when African minority rebels clashed with Arab nomads supported by the Khartoum government under the leadership of Bashir.
Over the years, this deadly conflict that killed about 300,000 people and displaced 2.5 million people has gradually subsided, but inter-ethnic conflicts still occasionally erupt.