At least 151 people killed in renewed violence in Sudan’s Blue Nile state: report

At least 151 people were killed and 86 injured in fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state over recent days, according to Reuters citing medical sources on Thursday.

Despite a peace deal signed in 2020 with some of Sudan’s rebel groups in the western Darfur region and in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, tribal fighting has steadily increased.

Blue Nile state had seen tribal clashes over land disputes in July, and a flare-up in September, resulting in 149 people killed and almost 65,000 displaced by earlier this month, the United Nations said.

That violence was renewed one week ago, on October 13, with fighting involving the Hausa and Hamaj tribes in addition to others in the Wad Almahi area over several days, the UN said in a separate statement on Thursday.

Medical sources told Reuters those killed included women and children, with signs of bullet wounds, burning, and stabbing.

Earlier this week, violence had flared in another southern province, West Kordofan, following a tribal dispute over land.

The UN said that at least 36,500 had fled Lagowa, the site of the violence and that 19 were killed and 34 injured.