40 killed in tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur
Published: 03:22 PM, 6 April 2021
At least 40 people were killed and 60 others wounded in tribal clashes in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan’s West Darfur state, the United Nations said on Monday.
The incident is the latest in the troubled region since the signing of a peace agreement late last year and the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers.
The clashes between the Arab Rizeigat and the Al-Massalit tribes took place after unknown armed men on Saturday shot dead two people from the Masalit, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office in Sudan (OCHA).
Two others from the Masalit were wounded in that shooting, it said. The circumstances of the shootings were not immediately clear.
Since then, the two tribes have mobilised forces and gunfire could still be heard in El Geneina late on Monday, OCHA said.
In January, at least 129 people were killed and military reinforcements were brought into El Geneina. However, local sources say they have since largely withdrawn.