The United Nations says 56 people have been killed and thousands more displaced after days of tribal clashes in El Jeninia.
The United Nations says the death toll from clashes between tribes in Sudan’s western Darfur has risen to 56, with the United Nations revising the death toll.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that thousands of people were fleeing the fighting, which saw a power plant destroyed in the state capital, El Jenina, at least one rocket-propelled grenade hit a main hospital, and another collided with a UN building, the United Nations said Tuesday.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that the death toll had risen to 56 and more people were being injured in clashes between Arab tribes and non-Arab ethnic groups. “
“People are fleeing to neighboring Chad,” it added.
The government declared a state of emergency in the state on Monday after three days of fighting in El Jeninia and deployed troops in western Darfur.
“April, shooting is being heard across the city,” the United Nations said. “The local power plant was destroyed last night and there is no electricity.”
The United Nations said on Monday that at least Forty people died And 58 people were injured in the clashes in El Jenina.
This is the latest bloodshed in the Darfur region since the signing of the peace agreement late last year and the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers.
El Abdina resident Mohamed Abdel Rahman told AFP on Tuesday: “It was quiet overnight but this morning we heard gunfire from the Hei al-Jabal district for about an hour.”
Another resident of Hey al-Jabal, three kilometers (1.8686 miles) away, who asked not to be named, said he also heard gunshots.
Residents and a UN internal security bulletin, shown by Reuters news agency, reported the use of heavy weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, along with pictures and videos of people rising from the smoke in the El Jenina neighborhood.
The United Nations says it has suspended air and relief operations in the city, the main humanitarian aid center – and the World Health Organization says the decision will affect up to 700,000 people.
In January, at least 129 people were killed and 108,000 displaced after a similar clash between members of the Masalit and Arab tribes in El Jeninia, just two weeks after the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission was launched.
Military reinforcements brought to the city have since been withdrawn in most cases, residents told Reuters.
There has been bloodshed in Darfur since 2003, when Omar al-Bashir’s government began fighting to help the armed militias suppress the insurgency.
Ethnic minority groups complaining of marginalization took up arms against the central government, releasing armed groups originally composed of Arab nomads.
Al-Bashir was wanted by the International Criminal Court Allegations of genocide As for the conflict, the United Nations says 300,000 people have died and more than 2.5 million have been displaced.
Al-Bashir’s iron-fisted rule was ended by the military in April 2019 after months of mass protests.
Establishing lasting peace there and elsewhere in Sudan has been one of the main challenges facing the authorities since the rise of al-Bashir in April 2019.
Sudan’s interim government in October Signing a peace treaty With a number of rebel groups, including Darfur – but few have signed the agreement.