Darfur Violence Kills 168

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the war-torn Darfur region in Sudan killed at least 168 people on Sunday.

The fighting in West Darfur province comes as Sudan has been plunged into turmoil since a military coup last year. 

The takeover upended Sudan’s transition to democracy after a coup d’état ousted the autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur, said fighting in West Darfur’s Kreinik area also wounded 98 people.

Regal said the violence first erupted on Friday with the killing of two people by an unknown assailant in Kreinik, around 30 km east of Genena, the provincial capital of West Darfur.

Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director said that the clashes later reached Genena, where armed groups attacked wounded individuals being treated at Darfur’s main hospital.

“The area was burned down, and many people were killed. There was no intervention from the local government to stop the fighting,” Saleh said.

Volker Perthes, the U.N. representative for Sudan, deplored ‘the heinous killings of civilians and the attacks on health facilities in West Darfur and called for an in-depth and transparent investigation to hold those accountable.

The International Committee of the Red Cross urged authorities to ensure the safe arrival of the wounded in hospitals.

The General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur accused the government-backed militia Janjaweed of orchestrating the attacks.

Janjaweed is an armed group that rose to prominence in the early 2000s for its role in repressing an ethnic minority insurgency in Darfur.

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