Tribal clashes in Darfur leave 12 dead

CAIRO (HPD) — Tribal violence in Sudan’s long-conflict Darfur region has killed at least 12 people in recent days, an aid group said Sunday.

Clashes between herders and farmers in the Beleil area of ​​South Darfur province also injured at least 42 people, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Darfur.

Local authorities said the clashes began after an attempt by herders to loot a type of motorcycle taxi known as a tuk-tuk in the village of Amouri, killing one person. Fighting intensified on Thursday and Friday, when herders and local people exchanged attacks.

Authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday and imposed a night curfew in Beleil to help stop the fighting.

Regal said the aid group counted 12 dead in the fighting and the number could be higher. He added that many towns in the area were burned down or looted.

Hundreds of families were displaced and took refuge in Nyala, the provincial capital of South Darfur, it added.

The wave of violence was the latest to rock Darfur in recent months. In November, at least 48 people were killed in tribal clashes in the Central Darfur province.

The vast region was engulfed in bloodshed in 2003, when rebels from the territory’s ethnic Central and Sub-Saharan African community launched an insurgent movement, accusing the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum of discrimination and neglect.

The government, under then-President Omar al-Bashir, responded with a scorched-earth campaign of aerial bombardments and unleashed local nomadic Arab militias known as Janjaweed, accused of mass murder and rape. Up to 300,000 people died and 2.7 million fled their homes.

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