military deployment in Darfur after tribal clashes ~ #REUTERS:

“The governor of the state of South Darfur, Musa Mahdi, announced on Sunday the deployment of a large number of military forces to arrest those involved in the clashes and to collect weapons,” the agency reported.

“The era of reconciliation conferences is over and the era of law enforcement has arrived”, Mr Mahdi said, quoted by Suna.

According to a local leader, still according to the agency, verbal altercations degenerated into gun clashes between members of the Massalit and Falata tribes in Gereida locality, resulting in the deaths of two members. Falata.

In retaliation, the Falatas attacked the locality, causing the death of 13 members of the Massalit while 34 others were wounded. The agency does not specify when these clashes took place.

Over the past two years, the Gereida region has witnessed bloody incidents between the two tribes, which have left many dead and injured. This incident is the first since a reconciliation meeting in October.

It occurs a few days before the end of the joint peace mission of the UN and the African Union in the Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID), on December 31, as required by Khartoum.

This peace mission still has nearly 8,000 soldiers, police and civilians in the vast region of western Sudan.

Incidents still occur regularly in Darfur where a war that began in 2003 between pro-government forces and minority insurgents killed, mostly in the early years, around 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million, according to the report. UN.

The violence has subsided considerably in recent years, with the exception of occasional clashes between nomadic Arab tribes and farmers from African tribes over land and water issues.

On Wednesday, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the transitional government was pursuing “its efforts to (…) consolidate the foundations of tribal reconciliations and lay the foundations for transitional justice and the rule of law”.

The Sudanese transitional government is the result of an agreement between the military who succeeded the autocrat Omar al-Bashir, after his fall in April 2019 under pressure from the streets, and the leaders of the protest movement.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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