SUDAN: 51 CIVILIANS KILLED IN TRIBAL CLASHES IN KORDOFAN REGION; STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

KHARTOUM, April 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Sudanese authorities on Thursday announced that 51 civilians have been killed and 28 others injured in tribal clashes in Kordofan region, declaring a one-month state of emergency in the area.

Government forces have managed to separate the two sides after intervening directly with a large contingent of about 50 armoured vehicles and a helicopter at Um Marahik. The situation remains tense and the Hamar and Kababish native administrations called on all members for calm.

Several sources in the area reported to Radio Dabanga on Monday that at least 53 people have already died in the fighting, which initially erupted after three armed Kababish tribesmen allegedly stole camels from the Hamar on Friday.

“The situation is very tense and could escalate any time, in spite of the deployment of government soldiers to separate the fighters,” said a witness.

In a press statement, the opposition National Umma Party (NUP), called on both sides “to immediately stop the devastating fighting”. The statement reminds the tribes of their historical ties.

The statement stressed the importance of a transparent investigation by an independent national committee.

Members of the Hamar tribe were also involved in a deadly clash with Misseriya tribesmen in West Kordofan in September last year.

Governments of North and West Kordofan States issued a temporary decree declaring a one-month state of emergency prohibiting assembling and arms carrying in the two states.

Tribal confrontations spread in Sudan due to several reasons including banditry activities and disputes over pastures, besides spread of vengeance among the tribes. — NNN-AGENCIES

Source: NAM News Network