AL-JENEINA, 5 April 2021 – Eighteen people have been killed and 54 others injured in a fresh outbreak of ethnic clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region.
“On Monday, we woke up to the sound of [more] gunfire… clashes are still ongoing and have spread to the western suburbs of the town” of Al-Jeneinan, the French News Agency cited an eyewitness of the fighting and town resident, Abdelrahman Ahmed.
The worst parts of the clashes occurred on Saturday and Sunday, according to concurrent accounts.
A local doctors’ committee confirmed Monday that its members documented the 18 fatalities and 54 wounded persons.
The injured are receiving medical attention at Al-Jeneina Teaching Hospital, according to a statement published Monday by the West Darfur Doctors’ Committee.
The statement said an ambulance carrying the injured was attacked in the melee.
Conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003, leaving around 300,000 people killed and 2.5 million displaced, according to the United Nations.
The violence in Darfur which was described by the United States government as constituting genocide has subsided significantly, although tribal and ethnic clashes persist.
The bulk of the clashes have pitted nomadic Arab pastoralists against settled farmers from non-Arab ethnic groups.
More than 200 people have been killed in tribal and ethnic clashes last January, in some of the worst bloodshed the region has seen in years.
The transition government in Khartoum seeks to extend its authority to cover the entire country by, among other things, making peace with rebel groups, including those in Darfur.
Last December 31, the United Nations and the African Union ended a 13-year-long peacekeeping mission to Darfur.