Violence in Sudan: Clashes between local tribes left at least 48 dead in Darfur

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Clashes between the Misseriya and Rezeigat groups occurred near the village of Juguma

Violence in Sudan: clashes between local tribes left at least 48 dead in Darfur

Protests continue in Sudan (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Tribal clashes in Sudan's Darfur region left at least 48 dead last week, an official in charge of refugees said Wednesday, in the latest episode of intercommunal violence in the forgotten peripheries of Sudan.

It is the first large-scale tribal violence in Darfur since August, although more than 350 people have been killed in violence in recent months in Blue Nile, a southern province.

Clashes between the Misseriya and Rezeigat tribeserupted near the village of Juguma in Central Darfur last Wednesday following an armed robbery, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Some 24 of the victims were killed on Saturday when unknown persons opened fire on a group that was trying to mediate in the conflict, OCHA said. He added that thousands of people, mostly women and children, fled to the neighboring village of Tuktuka.

On Sunday, authorities in Central Darfur applied a month-long state of emergency and a nightly curfew. Aid workers have been evacuated and their work suspended.

Adam Regal, spokesman for a local organization that helps run refugee camps in Darfur, told the AP agency that the death toll from last week's fighting is possibly higher.

Violence in Sudan: Clashes between local tribes left at least 48 dead in Darfur

Sudan has been mired in turbulence since the 2021 coup (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)< p class="paragraph">The rise in violence in southern and western Sudan comes as ruling generals and main factions of the broad pro-democracy movement are negotiating in an attempt to put the country's democratic transition on track.

Sudan has been in turbulence since General Abdel-Fattah Burhan led a coup in October 2021, upending the country's fragile democratic transition after three decades of autocratic rule under Omar al-Bashir.

Many analysts believe that the violence in remote areas of Sudan is due to the power vacuum that emerged after the military insurrection, as the government's repression focused on the capital Khartoum and the center of the country.

For its part, the Forces for Freedom and Change alliance, the main civil opposition group in Sudan, announced the achievement of a “framework agreement” with the military.< /p>

“We reached a framework agreement with the Army to put an end to the political crisis in the country,” said one of the leaders of the Forces for Freedom and Change, Taha Ozman, at a press conference. by anticipating that power will return to the hands of a civilian authority.

“The military establishment accepted that the council of ministers be made up solely of civilians and that the prime minister be the head of the Security and Defense Councils,” Ozman said.

He added that the “political process” to break the current impasse will first require signing the framework agreement and, subsequently, that “all” the The parties involved sit down to study four basic points, among which transitory justice stands out.

However, another leader of the opposition alliance, Yasser Omar, He specified in the press conference that before signing the pact they will consult with “all the forces of the revolution”, whose approval will be decisive for sec Go ahead with the process.

(With information from AP and EFE)

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