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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tribal Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur Region Claim 130 Lives

Clashes between rival tribes in the Darfur region of Sudan had killed at least 130 people by Jan. 18, two weeks after a peacekeeping force ended operations.

Clashes between rival tribes in the Darfur region of Sudan had killed at least 130 people by Jan. 18, two weeks after a peacekeeping force ended operations.

In South Darfur, clashes between the Arab Rizeigat tribe and the Fallata killed 55 people on Jan. 18, two days after 83 people died, over 160 were injured, and tens of thousands were displaced in a separate round of violent fighting in West Darfu.

“The clashes between the Rizeigat tribe and the Fallata tribe have killed 55 people and wounded 37 others,” Fallata Leader Mohamed Saleh told AFP News.

Saleh also said that several homes were set on fire during the clashes, displacing nearly 50,000 people. The torching seemed to be an act of revenge over the killing of a Rizeigat member by the Fallata tribe about a week ago.

The latest inter-ethnic violence in the region is the deadliest since Dec. 31 when the peacekeeping force United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur ended its operations after 13 years.

In a statement, aid group Save the Children called for all parties “to lay down their arms immediately before the situation gets out of control.”

“In the chaos, we fear many children will have been separated from their parents, and will now be at risk of exploitation,” Sudan Director Arshad Malik stated.

In a statement issued by Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Sudanese authorities to “expend all efforts to de-escalate the situation and bring an end to the fighting, restore law and order, and ensure the protection of civilians.”

Authorities in West Darfur imposed a statewide curfew while the Sudanese government deployed military units in the region to contain the situation.

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