Tribal fighting killed 25 people in Sudan


AP :
Tribal clashes over several days killed 25 people in southern Sudan, the country’s doctor union said Wednesday. The fighting raises fears that the ongoing war between the country’s rival top generals, currently centered on the capital, could set off more violence in far-flung provinces.

It remained unclear whether the tribal clashes were related to the brutal fighting which ignited mid-April across the country as a result of a power struggle between the military’s head Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who commands a powerful paramilitary group called the Rapid Support Forces, or the RSF.

The tribal violence in the south erupted on Monday between the Hausa and Nuba tribes in the city of Kosti, the capital of the White Nile province bordering South Sudan, according to Sudanese local media reports.

Deadly tribal violence is not uncommon in Sudan’s south and west, where disputes dating back to the country’s split from South Sudan remain unresolved.


The country’s wider conflict has so far claimed the lives of more than 600 people, including civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands. The violence has also spread to other regions, namely the restive Darfur province. Last month armed fighters, many in RSF uniforms, rampaged through the city of Genena in West Darfur killing at least 100 people, according to the doctors’ group, the Sudanese Doctor’s Syndicate, which mainly tracks civilian fatalities.

The U.N.’s migration agency said that 700,000 people have now been displaced by the violence, in updated figures released Tuesday, more than double the tally from a week prior. Before the fighting started, 3.7 million people were already displaced internally, mainly in western Darfur, according to the agency’s figures.

A series of ceasefires has failed to stop the fighting and prompted foreign governments to speed up the evacuation of their citizens from the war-torn country.