Dozens killed amid fresh fighting in Sudan’s Darfur


Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds others injured in renewed ethnic clashes between the Rizeigat and Fallata communities in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The fighting broke out on Tuesday reportedly following the killing of a lieutenant of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), an ethnic Rizeigat, by unknown gunmen.

Those killed in the clashes – which is said to have continued up to Thursday – include women and children.

“Fifteen people were killed in the fighting between the Fallata and Rizeigat tribes on Tuesday and 30 were killed on Wednesday,” the AFP news agency quoted a local government body as saying.

The security body said security forces had been deployed to contain the situation.

The war in Darfur began in 2003 after ethnic African rebels revolted against former President Omar al-Bashir’s Arab-dominated government.

Mr Bashir responded by arming local Arab militias who targeted non-Arab communities accused of supporting the rebels.

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Hundreds of thousands of people died and many villages were burnt and pillaged.

While the main conflict has subsided over the years, deadly clashes often erupt over access to pasture or water.

Last year, bloody confrontations between the two communities left more than 40 dead and hundreds wounded, before the two sides signed a short-lived peace treaty.

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