Local doctors say at least 54 people have been injured in tribal clashes in the Sudanese city of El Jeninya, the latest in a series of violence since a peace deal was signed late last year and UN peacekeepers have withdrawn.
At least 16 people have been killed and 54 injured in clashes between tribesmen in the Sudanese city of El Jeninia on Monday, doctors said on Monday, in a renewed bloodbath following major violence earlier this year.
This is the latest incident in the troubled region since the signing of the peace agreement late last year and the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers.
The West Darfur Medical Committee said in a statement, citing clashes on Saturday and Sunday, “The committee has recorded 16 deaths and 54 injuries, who are receiving medical treatment at El Jenina Teaching Hospital.”
The committee, part of a nationwide independent body formed in 2016 to represent the medical community, said the ambulance carrying the injured was attacked on the ground.
In January, at least 129 people were killed and the military reinforced in El Jenin, the capital of the western Darfur state. But local sources say they have withdrawn in most cases.
Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at the city’s main hospital, said two people from Masalit had died after the worst clashes between the Arab Rizaigat tribe and the Masalit tribe.
The circumstances of their deaths were not immediately known, he added, adding that the violence then spread to other areas around the city.
The Reuters news agency saw an internal bulletin of city dwellers and the United Nations reporting the use of heavy weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, with pictures and videos of residents showing smoke rising from the city’s suburbs.
“On Monday we woke up to the sound of gunfire. The clashes are still going on and they have spread to the western suburbs of the city,” Abdulrahman Ahmed, an eyewitness, told AFP.
The conflicting government did not immediately comment on the violence.
In October, the government signed a peace deal with some rebel groups fighting former President Omar al-Bashir.
However, al-Bashir continued to be attacked by members of Arab tribes to fight the rebels, and tribal clashes escalated in heavily fortified areas.
International peacekeepers began withdrawing earlier this year, and the Sudanese government said a new joint peacekeeping force would be able to protect civilians under the agreement. But many in Darfur say they find themselves feeling less secure.