Sudanese leaders visit Darfur after 144 deaths in tribal clashes

Cairo (AP) — Sudanese leaders visited West Soudan on Monday following the violence of a tribe that killed at least 144 people earlier this month to challenge the country’s fragile democratization.

General Abdel Fatta Barhan, head of the ruling sovereignty council, met separately with non-Arab Masarito and Arab Rizeigat representatives in Genena, the capital of West Darfur, the sovereignty council said. ..

Barhan, who visited West Darfur with the highest security and military officials, vowed to make “decisive decisions” to promote state security and stability, the council did not elaborate. Said.

The latest match of the fighting arose from the shooting on April 3, killing two people from the Massarito tribe in a camp for the refugees in Genena. Last week, a week-long battle between the Rizeigat and Masarit tribes continued.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in West Darfur and deployed more troops to contain the violence. West Soudan Governor Mohammed Abdullah al-Doma criticized Khartoum’s central government for failing to listen to reinforcement requests on Thursday.

According to the Sudanese Medical Commission in West Darfur, the clash killed at least 144 people and injured more than 230.

Violence challenges Sudan’s caretaker government efforts to end decades of rebellion in areas such as Darfur, where conflicts often occur along ethnic boundaries.

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after the military overthrows long-standing dictatorship President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 in a mass uprising. Currently, the military civil government governs the country.

The Darfur conflict broke out when rebels from the central territory and sub-Saharan African ethnic communities rebelled in 2003 and appealed for crackdown by the Arab-dominated government in the capital Khartoum.

The Albasir administration responded with an airstrike known as Janjaweed and a scorched earth operation of unleashed militias accused of mass slaughter and rape. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were expelled from their homes.

The International Criminal Court has charged Albasir, who has been imprisoned in Khartoum since his expulsion in 2019, for war crimes and genocide allegedly masterminding an attack campaign in Darfur.