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Sudan: 36 killed, 32 injured in tribal clashes in Darfur

A picture taken on January 20, 2020 shows the area where violence erupted between Arab nomads and members of the non-Arab Massalit ethnic group in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur [AFP via Getty Images]
A picture taken on January 20, 2020 shows the area where violence erupted between Arab nomads and members of the non-Arab Massalit ethnic group in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur [AFP via Getty Images]

Some 36 people were killed and 32 injured as a result of tribal confrontations between the Falata and Taaisha tribes in the Mandowa region, South Darfur, reported the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA).

The Governor of South Darfur state, Musa Mahdi, said that the joint forces that the state deployed on Sunday around Um Dafuq were able to separate the clashing tribes in the areas of Mandowa, Mirmasa, and Mjangari.

Local media quoted leaders in the city of Um Dafuq as saying that there are no clear reasons for the recent tensions.

The state government said in a statement issued on Sunday that the local security committee decided to mobilise additional military reinforcements to the area to pursue the perpetrators and prevent a repetition of the incident, in addition to forming legal investigation committees to look into complaints and press charges.

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The South Darfur authorities confirmed that the security situation in the region is stable while calling on citizens to "stay away from rumours and preserve the social fabric."

On 22 January, the United Nations reported that at least 200 people had been killed, 240 wounded, and about 116,000 displaced as a result of the tribal clashes that took place during the same month in El Geneina, West Darfur, and Gereida, South Darfur.

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