EL GENEINA, 8 April 2021 – The death toll in the inter-ethnic clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region has risen to 132, according to an update Thursday by authorities.
The number of people known to have died during the last several days of clashes has risen to 132, according to Mohamed Abdallah Douma, the governor of the region.
The death toll is up from 87 dead provided late Wednesday by doctors.
The fighting is concentrated in the regional capital, El Geneina.
Governor Abdallah Douma on Thursday blamed the government in Sudan for moving too slowly to send special operations forces to end the clashes in Western Darfur.
Members of the black African Masalit group and Arab communities are facing off in the gun battles since last Saturday, using guns and heavy weaponry, according to the governor.
Arab gunmen, infuriated by what the governor had said about their role in the fighting, tried to storm the governor’s mansion in El Genuine on Thursday but were forced to retreat.
Many of the armed groups that were active in Darfur during the height of the genocidal violence which broke out in 2003 and that refused to disarm before the withdrawal at the end of last year of United Nations peacekeepers have been blamed for the renewed violence.