Clashes in Sudan leave nearly 27 dead, despite peace deal signed in 2020

People in Sudan said heavy fighting in the western and southern territories left 27 people dead and dozens injured. The country is still dealing with the aftermath of a coup orchestrated by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in October last year, AFP reported.

Despite the fact that the main rebel groups have signed a peace agreement for the year 2020, deadly conflicts continue over land, access to water and livestock.

Similar cases have occurred in the restive Darfur region, where 16 people were killed in a heated land dispute and 11 killed in Southern Kordofan state after an argument between two individuals apparently turned into shootings.

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UN Special Representative Volker Perthes said Tuesday, June 7: “I am deeply concerned about the inter-communal clashes. He added, “I call on the security forces to secure the area and ensure the protection of civilians, and I urge local leaders to undertake mediation efforts.”

Another case of fighting broke out in Kolbus where villages were set on fire by the attackers and were completely destroyed.

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A leader of the non-Arab Gimir group said: “Fighting broke out over a land dispute between an Arab tribesman and a farmer from a non-Arab tribe. He further added that the clashes killed eight people and burned down three villages.

According to a chief of the Arab village of Rizeigat, the fighting started because of a land dispute and the clashes continue.

Another clash erupted between the Hawazma and Kenana groups, the Arab rivals of South Kordofan after a disagreement between two people escalated into conflicts between the groups.

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A resident said: “At least 11 people were killed and 35 injured in the fighting.”

In this context, the country is still grappling with the resurgence of deadly conflicts, severe droughts and encroaching desertification.


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