A senior Sudanese official says the death toll after days of tribal clashes in a southern province has risen to at least 65 people
CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from days of tribal clashes in a southern Sudan province stands at at least 65, a top health official said Sunday.
Fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups in Blue Nile province has also left around 150 injured, said Gamal Nasser al-Sayed, the province’s health minister.
He told The Associated Press most of the dead were young men who were shot or stabbed.
Al-Sayed urged authorities in the capital Khartoum to help airlift 15 seriously injured as Blue Nile hospitals lack advanced equipment and life-saving medicines.
The fighting in the Blue Nile stemmed from the killing of a farmer early last week and continued until Saturday, according to the local government.
The authorities have deployed the military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces – or RSF – 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 have reported that thousands of people have fled their homes since the clashes began last week.
The fighting was the latest tribal violence to hit Sudan, which 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 by autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir and his Islamist government were ousted in a popular uprising in April 2019.