Militia fighters staged a deadly attack in Sudan’s Darfur on Monday, residents said, as doctors said the death toll from a separate attack that began two days earlier in the region had risen to more than 100.

The surge in violence will add to concerns about the departure of an international peacekeeping force that stopped patrolling in Darfur on Jan. 1 ahead of its full withdrawal and replacement by a Sudanese force.

The latest attack took place close to the town of Gereida, where two residents said an Arab militia had attacked members of the Fallata tribe. One resident, Mohamed Salih, told Reuters that 47 dead had been counted. The reason for the attack was unclear, he said.

Gereida had also seen deadly clashes in late December involving the Masalit and Fallata tribes.

On Saturday and Sunday, attacks took place in and around El Geneina in West Darfur following a reported fight in which a member of the Masalit killed a man from an Arab tribe.

Related stories   Voters decide Ethiopia’s election credibility, not EU: scholars

A doctors’ union in West Darfur said on Monday that the toll had risen to 129 dead and 198 wounded, including children. Thousands had been displaced by the violence and were in dire need of humanitarian aid, the group said.

Conflict in Darfur escalated from 2003, when government forces and mainly Arab militia were accused of widespread atrocities as they fought to suppress mostly non-Arab rebels. An estimated 300,000 were killed and some 1.5 million remain displaced within Darfur.

UNAMID, a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission established in 2007, is due to be replaced by a national force that should include Darfuri former rebels who signed a peace agreement last October.

Sudanese officials say the first members of the force are deploying, but residents and some diplomats fear UNAMID’s withdrawal will leave civilians more vulnerable.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern on Sunday over the violence in Darfur. His spokesman said it had led to the displacement of nearly 50,000 people.

Related stories   Russian sends congratulatory message to Ethiopia on victory day

“The Secretary-General calls on the Sudanese authorities to expend all efforts to de-escalate the situation and bring an end to the fighting, restore law and order and ensure the protection of civilians,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) –


  • NBI forum crucial to build common understanding: Minister
    Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy stated that the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Forum is useful in building common understanding on the status of the water and natural resources base of the Nile Basin. Speaking at the 6th Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) high-level regional forum hosted by Ethiopia for the secondContinue Reading
  • Council urges EU to reconsider election observation stance
    The Ethiopian Political Parties Joint Council urged European Union to reconsider its stance and observe the 6th Ethiopian general elections. Briefing journalists after a two-day consultative meeting with its members, Council Chairperson Rahel Batie (Ph.D.) said that the contending political parties have made in-depth discussion to make the upcoming pre,Continue Reading
  • Voters decide Ethiopia’s election credibility, not EU: scholars
    EU’s cancelation of its electoral observation mission is not the crux of the matter for the upcoming 6th general elections of Ethiopia, what matters most is how the election process is being conducted with huge voter turnout, so remarked Scholars.Ethiopian Social Democratic Party President Prof. Beyene Petrous said the absenceContinue Reading
  • Russian sends congratulatory message to Ethiopia on victory day
    Ambassador of Russia to Ethiopia Evgeny Terekhin sent congratulatory message on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Ethiopia’s liberation from fascism. According to the press release sent to The Ethiopian Herald, Amb. Evgeny Terekhin said : “On this solemn occasion, I congratulate the people of Ethiopia on the 80th Anniversary ofContinue Reading

Share and Enjoy !

Shares

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *