Tribal violence kills 24 in Sudan’s Darfur: Aid group

Deadly attack is the latest escalation of inter-communal violence to rock the conflict-stricken region.

This photo shows aftermath of an attack in the village of Masteri in west Darfur, Sudan Saturday, July 25, 2020. A recent surge of violence in Darfur, the war-scarred region of western Sudan, has depr
The aftermath of an attack in the village of Masteri in west Darfur in July 2020 [File: Mustafa Younes/AP]

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 24 people on Sunday in Sudan’s western Darfur region, an aid group said.

The fighting grew out of a financial dispute late on Saturday between two individuals in the Krinding camp for displaced persons in West Darfur province, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur.

Regal said Arab fighters known as Popular Defence Forces attacked the camp early on Sunday, torching and looting properties. At least 35 others were wounded, he said.

The latest incident was the latest bout of inter-communal violence to rock the conflict-stricken region.

A hashtag that reads “Krinding is bleeding” in Arabic was trending on Twitter on Sunday, with users posting footage purportedly showing burned houses and bodies wrapped in burial shrouds.

The camp is located four kilometres (2.5 miles) east of the provincial capital of Genena, and houses displaced people from the African Masalit tribe, who have been forced to leave their homes during the Darfur conflict.

The violence in Krinding was the latest to rock West Darfur in recent weeks. Last month, a land dispute between Arabs and non-Arabs in the Jebel Moon area led to bloody clashes that left at least 17 people dead and 12 others wounded.

Violence escalated

In the nearby South Darfur province, tribal clashes over the past two months have claimed the lives of at least 45 people in the town of Tawila, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee.

Such clashes pose a significant challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional authorities to end decades-long rebellions in some areas such as war-wracked Darfur. Sudan is in the middle of a fragile democratic transition since a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The Darfur conflict broke out when rebels from the territory’s ethnic central and sub-Saharan African community launched an armed uprising in 2003, complaining of oppression by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum.

Al-Bashir’s government responded with a campaign of aerial bombings and raids by the Popular Defence Forces, who stand accused of mass killings and rapes. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were driven from their homes.

Al-Bashir, who is in prison in Khartoum, faces international charges of “genocide” and crimes against humanity related to the Darfur conflict.

Source: News Agencies