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Death toll in Sudan rises to 79 due to inter-community violence

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Death toll in Sudan rises to 79 due to inter-community violence

Khartoum, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The violence that broke out a week ago between tribal communities in the southern Sudanese state of Blue Nile has killed 79 people and injured 199, the Federal Ministry of Security announced on Tuesday.

According to a new assessment by this ministry released on Tuesday, the armed clashes were carried out by the Birta or Funj and the Hausa groups, whose ethnic roots are in Nigeria, but have settlements in this territory.

Media outlets pointed out that the latter social group is attacking the Birta in order to establish a chieftaincy and claim territories in areas devastated by the war.

They also indicated that members of the Hausa, once also suffered attacks and lynchings by their rivals, who consider them as supporters of the former regime of ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was removed from power in April 2019.

In the face of this conflicting situation, Blue Nile State Governor, Ahmed al-Omda Badi, called on both rival groups to stop the violence and said that the crimes committed will not go unpunished as those responsible for violent actions will be brought to justice.

Clashes between the ethnic groups continued in Blue Nile territory despite the authorities imposing restrictive measures to curb the wave of violence, including a night curfew and a ban on public gatherings.

Analysts believe that the inter-communal clashes, which started for the control of fertile land for agriculture or cattle grazing, worsened in Sudan after a military coup d’état, which took place on October 25, 2021.

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