Lethal attack is the latest escalation of inter-communal violence to shake up the conflict-ridden region.
Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 24 people in Sudan’s western Darfur region on Sunday, an aid group said.
The fighting stemmed from a financial dispute late Saturday between two individuals in the Krinding camp for displaced people in West Darfur province, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Darfur.
Regal said Arab fighters known as the Popular Defense Forces attacked the camp early Sunday and set fire to and looted properties. At least 35 others were injured, he said.
The most recent incident was the latest attack on inter-communal violence to shake up the conflict-ridden region.
A hat-marker reading “Krinding blooms” in Arabic was popular on Twitter on Sunday, with users posting footage allegedly showing burned houses and bodies wrapped in grave cloths.
The camp is located four kilometers (2.5 miles) east of the provincial capital of Genena, and houses displaced people from the African Masalit tribe, who were forced to leave their homes during the Darfur conflict.
The violence in Krinding was the latest to shake West Darfur in recent weeks. Last month, a land dispute between Arabs and non-Arabs in the Jebel Moon area led to bloody clashes that left at least 17 people dead and 12 others wounded.
Violence has increased
In the nearby South Darfur province, tribal clashes have claimed the lives of at least 45 people in the town of Tawila over the past two months, according to the Sudan Doctors’ Committee.
Such clashes pose a significant challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional authorities to end decades of rebellion in some areas such as war – torn Darfur. Sudan is in the midst of a fragile democratic transition since a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime leader Omar al-Basjir in April 2019.
The Darfur conflict erupted when rebels from the area’s ethnic central and sub-Saharan Africa community were launched. an armed uprising in 2003, complains of repression by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum.
Al-Bashir’s government has responded with a campaign of airstrikes and raids by the Popular Army, which is accused of mass murder and rape. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were evicted from their homes.
Al-Bashir, who is in prison in Khartoum, is facing international charges of “genocide” and crimes against humanity related to the Darfur conflict.