Since the withdrawal of the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur, communal violence has escalated again. At least 40 people have been killed and 58 injured in tribal clashes in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, the latest deadly violence in the troubled region of western Sudan.
Old demons have reared their ugly heads in Sudan since the withdrawal of the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur. At least 40 people have been killed and 58 injured in tribal clashes since Saturday in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, the United Nations said on Monday. « Since 3 April, 40 people have been killed in recent clashes between the Al-Massalit and Arab tribes. The situation remains tense in the town of El-Geneina, » the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. « The government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission reports (…) 58 injuries, » it added.
Earlier in the day, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a body founded in 2016 to represent the medical community, had announced a provisional toll of 18 dead and 54 injured, according to AFP. By « late afternoon », gunfire could still be « heard », particularly in the Hay al-Jabal and al-Jamarik neighbourhoods, according to the UN. Eyewitnesses reported that clashes were continuing at 3pm local time (13:00 GMT).
As a reminder, more tribal clashes took place in January in Darfur, killing more than 200 people, just over two weeks after the end of the joint UN-African Union peace mission (UNAMID). El-Geneina paid the highest price with more than 100 dead, 132 injured and 108,000 displaced, according to OCHA.
Humanitarian operations and flights have been suspended » until further notice in the city, which is a hub for humanitarian aid in the region, reaching « more than 700,000 people, » the UN said.