According to the United Nations, at least 40 people have been killed in fresh fighting in tense Darfur, Sudan. The medical team for West Darfur said those injured in the fighting would continue to be brought to hospitals. According to him, an ambulance with injuries was also attacked.
Fighting broke out between members of the Arab Raisigat and the Masalid tribe in El Genina, the capital of West Darfur province. According to the UN, armed strangers shot dead two members of Masalid on Saturday. Two more masalas were wounded in the shooting. Since then, both tribes have mobilized their forces. The background to the controversy is not clear.
Withdrawal of peacekeeping forces
UN and African Union (AU) peacekeepers began withdrawing from Darfur earlier this year after a 13-year voyage. After they began to retreat, fierce fighting broke out in the region in January, killing more than 200 people.
In 2003, a bloody conflict between rebel groups and the military began in Darfur under then-President Omar al-Bashir, which led the UN. It is estimated that about 300,000 people were killed. 2.5 million people were displaced.
In recent years, however, the region has been relatively quiet. However, conflicts between Arab nomads and farmers of other races over land and water use could lead to repeated armed conflicts.
The interim government formed after the overthrow of al-Bashir in April 2019 seeks to stabilize the Northeast African nation. In October he signed a peace treaty with several rebel groups.
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