Dozens Die In Sudanese Tribal Conflict

The conflict between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups reportedly broke out last week over a land dispute.

The death toll from the days-long tribal conflict between Hausa and Birta ethnic groups in Sudan’s Blue Nile region has increased to at least 65 people, according to a senior official on Sunday, July 17.
Gamal Nasser al-Sayed, the province’s health minister, was quoted to have said the fighting between the ethnic groups in the Blue Nile province also injured around 150 others.
The region is situated in the south-eastern part of the country, bordering the conflict-affected Ethiopia and South Sudan.
In an earlier report the Federal Ministry of Health said that there were reports of 33 people killed and over 100 more injured following armed clashes that started on July 14.
The violence led to the looting and burning of some shops.
Ahmed al-Omda, the Governor of the Blue Nile State, issued a decree prohibiting public gathering from 16 July for one month and imposed a night curfew in Ed Damazine and
Ar Rusayris towns.
The conflict between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups reportedly broke out last week over a land dispute and the killing of a farmer.

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