Tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur state, killing 50 people

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Sudan officials say at least 50 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured after three days of clashes between ethnic groups in western Darfur. Sudan’s army has vowed to restore peace in the region.

The Sudanese doctors’ committee said on Tuesday, “Despite the relative calm since Monday night, medical staff are having difficulties in movement, while medical institutions are suffering from a feeling of insecurity.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan said in a statement that 56 people have been killed in clashes between the Masalite and Arab tribes in the city of El Genina, the capital of West Darfin State .

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The Security and Defense Council of Sudan declared a state of emergency in West Darfur State on Monday and sent regular forces to end armed skirmishes using all necessary measures.

The Darfur region of Sudan has been waged a civil war since 2003. On December 31, 2020, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution, ending the mandate of the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in the region. Since 2007, around 16,000 UNAMID troops stationed in Darfur are scheduled to complete their mission in July.

A United Nations Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) is scheduled to deploy during 2021 to support the transitional period in Sudan. UNAMAMS in Darfur will also handle the functions of UNAMID.

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