17 killed due to Sudan tribal clashes

Cairo: According to a local activist and aid worker, nearly 17 people were killed and almost dozens injured in the renewed violence in the past 24 hours in West Darfur, Sudan.

Sharaf ‘Jumma Salah’, a West Darfur resident and activist, stated that tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs left at least 46 people injured. Nearly dozens of houses in four villages had been burnt down in the area of Jebel Moon.

Earlier this week, 16 people lost their lives in the same area due to fighting.

According to ‘Adam Regal’ spokesperson for the General Coordination Body for Refugees and Dispaced in Darfur, the violence started that morning and went for hours. He further stated that a communications cut had made it difficult to obtain complete information from the remote area.

However, the regal blamed the local Arab militias known as janjaweed.

Clashes held in Jebel Moon erupted in mid-November over a land dispute between Arab and non-Arab tribes. Hundreds of killed since the authorities deployed more troops to the area. However, sporadic fighting has continued.

Sudan has been facing this kind of issue since October. Since the 2019 overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government, the African country has also faced uphill security and economic challenges.

In Khartoum, the country’s capital protests against the military coup continue. Even two teenagers were killed by gunfire during a protest on Thursday reported by Sudan Doctors Committee. The group has kept track of protestor deaths and injuries since the coup, and now 87 killed.

The government of Al-Bashir’s responded with a campaign of aerial bombings and raids by the janjaweed, a militia that has been accused of mass killings and rapes. More than 30,000 people were killed, and nearly 2.7 million were driven from their homes in Darfur.

Al-Bashir, who has been in prison in Khartoum since the ouster, also faces international charges of genocide and crimes against humanity related to the Darfur conflict.