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Sudan to Resolve Tribal Conflicts in Darfur Militarily

Sudan to Resolve Tribal Conflicts in Darfur Militarily

Saturday, 2 April, 2022 - 07:45
A man is seen inside a burnt house during clashes in Darfur (file photo: Reuters)

The Sovereignty Council of Sudan ordered the use of military force to maintain order in the South Darfur following an increase in tensions.

Clashes intensified in Darfur after the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) from the country,

The Vice-President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Lt-Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, issued strict directives to the government of South Darfur state and the state security committee to resolve tribal attacks militarily and "use an iron fist against anyone who violates the law."

Dagalo issued directives to the acting governor of South Darfur state, Hamid Mohammed al-Tijani, and the state security committee to disperse and prevent any tribal gatherings by military force and immediately implement the emergency law to resolve tribal conflicts, according to SUNA.

The security authorities announced that military aircraft arrived at the areas of the tribal fighting between Rizeigat and Fallata in the south of the state's capital Nyala.

The state's security committee said it instructed the military forces to deal decisively with any gatherings in those areas and warned citizens against crowding.

According to press sources, the conflict erupted after gunmen attacked a lieutenant of the Rapid Support Forces, who was coming from gold mines on the border, shot him dead, and stole his belongings.

The state said in a statement that the authorities tasked a joint force of police, armed forces, and rapid support forces with tracking down the perpetrators.

Investigations led the authorities to an area of the Fallata tribe before a group of the dead's relatives joined them. Negotiations failed to resolve the issue between the parties, and the two groups clashed, resulting in the death and injury of dozens.

According to UN statistics, Darfur has witnessed clashes between government forces and armed movements since 2003, which killed over 300,000 people.

The government is accused of causing the conflict, and several leaders of the former regime are facing international arrest warrants on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

The UN created one of the largest peacekeeping missions in the world, UNAMID. However, it left the region at the end of its mandate on December 31, 2020, but the Sudanese authorities have not succeeded in stopping the fighting.

The conflict in Darfur is between ethnic groups, which accuse government military parties of being involved in it.

The Juba Peace Agreement, signed between the armed movements and the Sudanese government in Darfur, failed to end the bloodshed.

The security situation has been exacerbated by conflicts over resources, such as gold, between locals and the Rapid Support Forces.

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