Death toll from tribal violence in Sudan’s West Darfur State rises to 129

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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019 file photo, residents of a refugee camp gather around the burned remains of makeshift structures, in Genena, Sudan. Sudanese authorities on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the entire West Darfur province after tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least six people and wounded at least 28 others. (Organization for the General Coordination of Camps for Displaced and Refugees via AP, File)
File photo: residents of a refugee camp gather around the burned remains of makeshift structures, in Genena, Sudan. (AP, File)

The bloody tribal violence, which broke up in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan’s West Darfur State, has killed at least 129 and injured another 198, the Doctors’ Committee of the West Darfur State said on Monday.

The doctors’ union also said the victims include “children and new-born infants.”

On Sunday, Sudan’s Security and Defense Council decided to send security reinforcements to West Darfur to protect the citizens and vital utilities, following a curfew imposed on Saturday in the wake of violence.

The council also decided to form a higher committee to investigate El Geneina events, determine the root-causes of the problem, and hold the perpetrators accountable.

Local media reported that the clashes were started by a fight Friday between two people in a displaced camp in El Geneina. One of the two men in the fight, who was a member of a local Arab tribe, was stabbed to death. On Saturday, the tribe attacked people in the camp and in other areas to seek revenge

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