Sudan. Dozens killed in tribal clashes in Blue Nile state | Sudan


The death toll from days of tribal clashes in southern Sudan’s Blue Nile state has climbed to at least 65 people, according to a senior health official.

About 150 people were injured in the fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups, state health minister Gamal Nasser al-Sayed said.

Most of the dead were young men, he added.

Sayed urged authorities in the capital Khartoum to help airlift 15 seriously injured people as Blue Nile hospitals lacked the life-saving equipment and medicine they needed.

The fighting was sparked by the killing of a farmer early last week and continued until Saturday, according to the local government.

The authorities have deployed military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces to bring stability to the region. They also imposed a night curfew and banned gatherings in the towns of Roseires and Damazin, where the clashes took place.

Local media reported that thousands of people had fled their homes since the clashes began.

Sudan has a long history of tribal violence and has been in turmoil since the military seized power in a coup in October.

The coup upended the country’s short-lived transition to democracy after nearly three decades of repressive rule under Omar al-Bashir. He and his Islamist government were ousted in a popular uprising in April 2019.


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