16 August 2013

South Sudan: UNAMID Concerned Over Tribal Violence in East Darfur

The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed concern over the rising casualties in the recent clashes between the Rezeigat and Maalia tribes in East Darfur.

Hundreds have been killed and injured in and around the El Daein and Adila areas though Sudan's official news agency SUNA said on Thursday 14, August 2013 that the two parties had agreed to cease hostilities in advance of a reconciliation conference.

The Joint Special Representative and Head of UNAMID, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, had called on the parties involved to resolve their differences peacefully: "The violence must stop and I urge all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue."

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Governor Abdel Hamid Musa Kasha said the state was unable to control the situation and demanded the military to step to restore security.

The fighting apparently arose earlier this month over unresolved disputes related to land resources, gold mining rights and cattle thefts.

UNAMID says it has increased its patrols in the area in response to rising instability. It is continuing to support government-led mediation efforts to defuse tension and restore stability.

Tribal fighting usually related to land ownership has become a major source of insecurity in Darfur since the beginning of the year, forcing more than 300,000 people to flee their homes.

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