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Fresh tribal clashes break out in Darfur

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June 25, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - At least 9 people were killed and dozens fled their homes when violence erupted between Al-Gimir and Bani Halba tribes in the town of Katela in South Darfur.

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A picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows the bodies of victims of tribal clashes between the Gimir and Beni Halba tribes in a village near Edd al-Fursan, about 100 kms southwest of the South Darfur state capital of Nyala. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The special force which was deployed by the federal government in Khartoum to create a buffer zone between the two tribes has retreated to Edd al-Fursan locality following the outbreak of clashes.

The spokesperson of Al-Gimir tribe, Abakar al-Tom, has issued a press statement accusing Bani Halba tribe of attacking them from three directions including Shateen, Buhairat, and Abu Garageer areas which lie 17 Kilometers west of the headquarters of Katela locality.

He said the attackers used 10 four-wheel drive vehicles as well as motorcycles and horses, pointing that the retreat of the special force to Edd al-Fursan locality aided the assailants.

Al-Tom further disclosed that 9 members of Al-Gimir tribe were killed in the attack and dozens of houses destroyed in Shateen area and accused Bani Halba tribe of violating the truce between the two tribes four times, describing the security situation in the area as “fragile”.

Similar clashes between the two tribes took place last month leaving dozens dead or injured from both sides.

Tribal clashes have recently mounted in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Over 40 people were killed and about 45 others injured in fresh clashes between Al-Salamat and Misseriya tribes in Central Darfur state this week.

TRIBAL TENSIONS IN NORTH KORDOFAN

In the nearby state North Kordofan, tribal tensions have mounted between the Kababeesh and Jabal Hamra tribes in the town of Sudari against the backdrop of a dispute over a gold exploration site.

An eyewitness said that tribesmen have taken up arms in anticipation of possible clashes, saying that the town is sliding towards a new tribal conflict.

A tribal leader and an MP told reporters yesterday that the two tribes are mobilizing their members and called on the government to immediately put an end to the escalation.

Last Friday, the Sudanese president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, warned against tribal strife in some areas of the country, noting that Sudan is facing challenges that need cooperation of all its people.

“The tribal conflicts in a number of Sudan’s areas constitute the biggest threat to the country," al-Bashir said when addressing a meeting of the Shura Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

“Some people inside the tribes work to instigate the conflicts” he said, warning against the danger of such moves.

North Kordofan state which forms part of Sudan’s commercial heartland, is a hub for the country’s agriculture, livestock and gum Arabic industries.

The state has witnessed security disturbances when rebels of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) launched surprise attack on the town of Um Rawaba.

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  • 26 June 2013 09:50, by chol

    National Criminal Party in Khartoum is responsible for the violence.Turning tribe against tribe to stay in power.They been doing that since Homo Albashit came to power.Death to fake Arabs.

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  • 26 June 2013 10:51, by sudani

    Let them kill themselves. they were the one fighting and killing South sudanese during civil war on behalf of Arab and their fake religion. Now it is their turn to be butchered by their master inkhartoum. blood of southerners is calling out!!!.

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  • 26 June 2013 11:00, by Samson Ismal

    To Govt of U.S.A. see what is happening in Darfur right now innocence people are dying every day and you are keeping quiet shame on you,and your are the Superior all over the nation.

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  • 26 June 2013 11:07, by Samson Ismal

    fake you those who support tribal killing.

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  • 26 June 2013 15:52, by Nyathony Balloo.

    yes MOTTO am agree with you, Darfurian will see how the Khartoum make peace with the peoples its their right time to learn more about Khartoum let Khartoum kill them like Dog.its real lesson in which every in individual can not for get at all. let them dies.and we return Darfur as the farm land.

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  • 27 June 2013 06:52, by George Bol

    Dr John Garang de Mabior once said" The problem of Sudan is not only for South Sudanese" It’s for the marginalized Sudanese,but those of Darfur fail to understand him and even some brothers from Nuba and Blue, and others. Please, let your allah help you fake darfurians for you are damn to understand the logic.If All African tribes in Sudan had called it a last word against fake Arab thigs good.

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    • 27 June 2013 09:11, by chol

      George Bol I agree with brother.

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