More than 60 people were killed and dozens injured in a new spell of violence in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, the United Nations said on Sunday, reports AP.
About 500 armed men on Saturday attacked the village of Masteri, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Genena, the provincial capital of West Darfur province, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan.
The clashes between the Masalit and other Arab tribes in the area started earlier Saturday and lasted until late Sunday, state-run SUNA news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.
Local authorities asked for military reinforcements to halt the clashes, the report said.
But the SUNA report did not provide a death toll, but said dozens of people were killed or wounded, and more than 60 wounded were taken by helicopter to Genena for treatment.
An unconfirmed number of houses were looted and burned in the village, along with half the local market, OCHA said.
The village borders Chad.
The attack prompted around 500 people to start a protest camp in front of the Masalit Sultan House, a settlement hosting about 4,200 internally displaced persons in Masteri, the UN agency said.
The protesters called for authorities to protect them from attacks.
Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow al-Bashir in April 2019.
A military-civilian government now rules the country until elections, possibly in late 2022.
Saturday’s attack was the latest in a series of attacks in the area.
OCHA documented at least seven clashes from July 19-26 which left dozens dead or wounded.