Sudan group says renewed tribal clashes kill 168 in Darfur

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CAIRO – A Sudanese aid group says clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the war-torn Darfur region on Sunday killed 168 people.

Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur, says fighting in the Kreinik area of ​​West Darfur province also injured 98 others.

He says the clashes first broke out Thursday with the killing of two people by an unknown assailant in Kreinik, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Genena, the provincial capital of West Darfur.

He says the militias known as janjaweed attacked the area early Sunday with heavy weapons and burned down and looted houses in the area.

The clashes eventually reached Genena, where militias and armed groups attacked wounded people while being treated at the city’s main hospital, according to Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at the hospital.

Authorities have deployed several troops to the region since the fighting on Thursday left eight dead and at least 16 others wounded.

Sudan’s Darfur region has seen bouts of deadly clashes between rival tribes in recent months as the country remains bound by a broader crisis following last year’s coup, in which top generals overthrew a civilian government.

The October coup has changed the country’s fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising caused the military to overthrow longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

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