NGO: At least 48 people killed in tribal conflict in Sudan

Sudanese demonstrators lift national flags as they block a road with bricks and burning tyres during a rally in the capital Khartoum, on Dec 6, 2021, to protest a deal that saw the Prime Minister reinstated after his ouster in a military coup in October.
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KHARTOUM – At least 48 people were killed in a tribal conflict in Sudan's West Darfur state, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a non-governmental organization, said in a statement on Monday.

"Initial reports indicated that there have been 48 deaths from live ammunition and a large number of injuries, some critical, as a result of the bloody conflict in Kirainik area in West Darfur state," read the statement.

In a separate report, the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced People in Darfur, also a non-governmental organization, confirmed dozens of people were killed or wounded as a result of an attack by armed men on Kirainik area in West Darfur state.

Sudan's Darfur region has been witnessing a civil war since 2003 during the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted from power in April 2019

"Violence erupted in the area after armed militias killed and wounded a number of internally displaced people, and burned the IDP camp and the market of Kirainik area in West Darfur state," it noted.

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Sudanese authorities have not released details on the number of people who were killed or injured in those events.

Meanwhile, Governor of Darfur Region Arko Minni Minnawi said work was underway to put in place decisive measures to prevent tribal mobilization and division, which would result in the burning of villages and escalation of conflict.

Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council, in the meantime, held a regular meeting at the Republican Palace in Khartoum on Monday and reviewed the unfortunate events in Darfur and Kordofan states which resulted in victims and destruction of properties.

"The council expressed regret over the occurrence of such events which led to bloodshed and loss of property," Salma Abdul-Jabbar Al-Mubarak, the council's spokesperson, said in a statement.

The council further stressed the need to confront the groups which seek to create a state of instability and spark panic among the citizens, according to the spokesperson.

The council instructed for ensuring more control over the situation in those areas in order to impose the rule of law, limit the flow of arms from crisis-hit neighboring countries, and stop illegal trade.

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Sudan's Darfur region has been witnessing a civil war since 2003 during the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted from power in April 2019.

The transitional government in Sudan sought to end the armed conflict in the Darfur region through an agreement reached on Oct. 3, 2020, but some armed groups have not yet signed the agreement.

For years, efforts failed to end the tribal conflicts, which have become a nagging concern for the local population and the authorities of the troubled region.

Many factors have contributed to the growing violence in Darfur including security disturbances and the tribes' access to weapons, while many parts of the region have no effective governance.