Nearly 50 people were killed and 241 injured in two days of tribal fighting in Darfur, a region of western Sudan torn apart by violence, the local Red Crescent said on Thursday.
Clashes took place Sunday and Monday in El Geneina, capital of the state of West Darfur, between armed members of Arab and African tribes who burnt down several houses, the same source said.
At least 48 people died and 241 were injured, she said without saying there were civilians among the victims. Nineteen of the injured are in critical condition and have been transferred to Khartoum, 1,100 km east of El Geneina.
Residents contacted by phone confirmed to the AFP that the fighting had stopped and indicated that security forces were patrolling the main roads of the city.
The government imposed a curfew in West Darfur on Monday. An official delegation visited the area and troops were deployed to El Geneina.
According to Sudanese media, the clashes broke out after an argument between two people.
A woman contacted by telephone told AFP that she had fled a camp for internally displaced persons from the non-Arab ethnic Masalit minority near El Geneina after attackers set fire to tents.
“We have no food and only the clothes we wear. Bodies are lying on the ground ”in the camp, she said.
In January 2016, six people were killed in violence in West Darfur between members of the Masalit tribe and members of the Arab tribe of Beni Halba. The clashes had sparked protests in Khartoum demanding « an end to the massacres in the IDP camps ».
Darfur has been torn apart by violence since rebels from ethnic minorities took up arms in 2003 against the central government of Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of marginalizing their region.
In late December, the Sudanese government and nine rebel groups adopted a road map to end the conflict in Darfur.
Incarcerated since his dismissal by the army in April 2019 under pressure from the street, Mr. Béchir was found guilty of corruption. An investigation was also opened against him and 50 Sudanese officials for crimes in Darfur.
Mr. Béchir is the subject of two international arrest warrants issued in 2009 and 2010 by the International Criminal Court for « genocide », « crimes against humanity » and « war crimes » in Darfur.