Article image Uneasy calm in Sudan's Darfur after clashes kill 155

19 Janvier, 2021, 20:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Darfur File

Sudanese authorities have imposed a state-wide curfew in West Darfur, while the Khartoum government dispatched a "high-profile" delegation to help contain the situation.

The main scene of the clashes was Karanding, a camp for the displaced, where members of the Masalit tribe clashed with the Arab Bedouins who tried to avenge a comrade who had fallen in a skirmish the previous day, in an accident that occurred little more than two.

Salah Saleh, a physician and former medical director at the main hospital in Genena, said clashes renewed Sunday morning at the Abu Zar camp for internally displaced people, south of the provincial capital.

"We call on all parties to the violence in West Darfur to lay down their arms immediately, before the situation gets out of control", he said.

The transitional government in the capital Khartoum sent troops to the remote region where the end of a joint United Nation and African Union peacekeeping mission has raised fears of more bloodshed.

The Darfur Lawyers Association, a local civil society group, said armed militias "took advantage" of the dispute and escalated the violence.

Tribal clashes broke out Monday in Sudan's South Darfur state, killing at least 20 people, a tribal leader said, shortly after violence in a neighbouring state killed over 80 people.

The civilian-majority administration installed after Bashir's ouster has been pushing to stabilise regions beset by deadly conflict during his time in power.

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With at least 130 people killed in total, the recent violence is some of the worst reported since the signing of a peace agreement in October, which observers hoped would end years of war.

The vast western region of Darfur was convulsed by bloody fighting in 2003.

The latest bout of violence in Darfur came two weeks after the U.N. Security Council ended the joint U.N.

The West Darfur Doctors Committee said in a statement that, despite peace slowly returning to the city, the violence has expanded into the Murnei and Goker areas. The government was accused of retaliating by arming local nomadic Arab tribes and unleashing the militias known as janjaweed on civilians - a charge it denies.

On Sunday, the United Nations secretary-general's spokesman Stephane Dujarric called on Sudanese authorities to "bring an end to the fighting".

Hardline ruler Omar al-Bashir - wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and other alleged crimes in Darfur - was deposed in April 2019, paving the way for the rebels and the new transitional civilian-majority government to sign a peace deal in October.

Two groups have refused to join the peace deal, the latest in a string of agreements, including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) faction led by Abdelwahid Nour, which is believed to have considerable support in Darfur.

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