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At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region

At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region

dpa
Khartoum
At least 83 people were killed and 160 others injured when various ethnic groups clashed in Sudan’s West Darfur State, a local doctors’ association said.
The fighting took place at a displaced person’s camp in the city of El Geneina over the weekend, the Central Doctors Committee said.
The clashes were triggered when a person from an Arab ethnic group was stabbed by a member of an Masalit ethnic group, according to the Darfur Lawyers’ Association.
Armed militias used the incident to launch attacks across El Geneina, causing numerous deaths, chaos and panic, the association said.
State governor Muhammad Abdullah Al-Duma announced a night curfew in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, while the Defence Ministry sent in troops.
The clashes occurred about two weeks after United Nations peacekeepers discontinued their patrols in the Darfur region, preparing for a full withdrawal.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply concerned” about the clashes over the weekend.
“Escalating inter-communal violence has resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, the displacement of nearly 50,000 people and the destruction of property,” Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
The Darfur region has been volatile since a conflict broke out in 2003 in the western Darfur region between the government of former autocrat Omar al-Bashir and sections of the population demanding greater political participation.
Government forces and the allied Arab Janjaweed militia acted brutally against the local population and an estimated 300,000 people were killed in the crackdown.

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