Dozens Killed as Ethnic Clashes Flare Up in Sudan's West Darfur

The United Nations says at least 87 people have been killed and at least 191 injured after days of clashes between ethnic groups in West Darfur. Sudan's military has vowed to restore peace to the region. Fighting among members of the Arabi Rizeigat and Masalit tribes in El Geneina began after attackers shot two people and wounded two others of the Masalit ethnic group, according to the UN.

The conflict in Darfur broke out in 2003 when the government of then-president Omar al-Bashir empowered Arab militias to fight rebel groups. The conflict resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the displacement of more than two million people. The transitional government that followed Al-Bashir's ouster in April 2019 signed peace agreements with rebel groups. Earlier this year, the conflict between Arab and non-Arab groups in El Geneina flared up again, resulting in the death of 129 people and the displacement of 108,000 residents.

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A displaced mother and her child in Darfur (file photo).

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