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The death toll from tribal clashes in southern Sudan is rising to 60



The police have repeated Toyogaz in the capital of Sudan from Sudan against Hundreds of Anti-Couples took attentions forever more deadly tributing collisions in the south of the country.

The capital has been the scene of almost weekly protests since Army Chief of Staff General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan launched a coup in October last year that derailed a transition to civilian domination.

The coup saw key donors pull the plug on funding, exacerbating a long-running economic crisis and inter-municipal unrest in remote parts of the country.

Blue Nile state, bordering Ethiopia, is the latest in a series of tribal clashes – and on Sunday, authorities there raised the death toll to 60, from 33 the previous day, in fighting that began nearly a week ago.

“Al-Damazin is bleeding,” read a sign stopped by a Protestant from Khartoum, referring to the provincial capital Blue Nile.

Other protesters in the capital sang: “Sudan is one nation” and “No to racism, no to tribalism.”

In the town of Wad Madani, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) south of Khartoum, protesters diverted their demonstration to the local hospital to “donate blood to our brothers injured in tribal clashes in Blue Nile”, said protest organizer Ammar Mohammed to AFP.

‘Violence not a solution’

The clashes in the state of Blue Nile, between the Berti and Hawsa tribes, erupted for the first time last Monday.

The violence came after the Berti tribe rejected a Hawsa request to create a “civilian authority to control access to land”, a prominent Hawsa member had told AFP on condition of anonymity.

But a senior member of the Bertis had said the tribe was responding to a “violation” of their lands by the Hawsas.

Dozens of Hawsas blocked the western entrance to the western city of Kassala with burning tires and stones “in solidarity with our people in the (Blue) Nile, to stop their murder and displacement,” said Protestant Mohammed Abkar.

The altered death toll of 60 was provided by Blue Nile health minister Jamal Nasser, who also told AFP that 163 people were injured.

“Violence is never a solution,” UNICEF tweeted Sunday, in a country where the UN estimates that half of the population will be starved to extremes in September.

Post-coup security vacuum

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North, the main armed faction in Blue Nile, on Sunday denied any involvement in the clashes.

Pro-democracy protesters accuse the military leadership of Sudan and former rebel leaders who signed a peace deal in 2020 of escalating ethnic tensions in Blue Nile for personal gain.

Security forces had erected roadblocks on bridges crossing the Nile connecting Khartoum with its suburbs, AFP reporters said, to deter protesters who promised to take to the streets in large numbers to protest against Burhan.

The latest coup by Sudan has sparked regular protests and continued repression by security forces that have killed at least 114 people, according to pro-democracy medics.

Nine were killed on June 30, medics said, as tens of thousands gathered against the army.

Earlier this month, Burhan promised in a surprise move to make way for a civilian government.

But the country’s most important civilian overthrowing group rejected his move as a “luck” and protesters continued to press the army chief to resign.

The rallies on Sunday follow a period of relative calm in Khartoum in recent days.

Experts say last year’s coup created a security vacuum that has fueled a resurgence in tribal violence, in a country where deadly clashes regularly erupt over land, livestock, access to water and grassland.

Guerrillas in Blue Nile fought former strong president Omar al-Bashir during the 1983-2005 civil war in Sudan, and in 2011 picked up weapons again.

Driven by enormous protests against his rule, the army ousted Bashir in 2019.

The following year, a civil-military power-sharing government reached a peace treaty with key rebel groups, including Blue Nile and the war-torn western Darfur region.

Both areas remain underdeveloped and full of weapons and there has also been an increase in violence in Darfur in recent months.

The death toll from tribal clashes in southern Sudan is rising to 60

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