UN: 359 people have been killed since July in tribal fights in Sudan

On Thursday, the United Nations said sporadic tribal clashes in four months in troubled South Sudan have killed up to 359 people, noting that this period has seen a significant increase in violence in chaotic rural areas.

The escalation of violence in the Blue Nile state, which began in July, caused the displacement of some 97,000 people, many of whom fled to neighboring countries, and injured 469 others, according to statistics from the International Organization for Migration. .

The statistics released Thursday by the UN agency are the latest estimate for the past four months.

Two weeks ago, at least 230 people were killed in 48 hours of violence following a land dispute between the Hausa tribe, of West African origins, the Albertani and the savages.

Violence escalated as army leaders and key factions of the pro-democracy movement continued their internationally sponsored talks to bring the country back to its feet. via democratic.

Last month, it was reported that the military had approved a draft constitutional document drawn up by the country’s Bar Association to form a civilian-led government to lead the country in elections, which will be held within the next 24 months. But several pro-democracy factions rejected the initial agreement and negotiations with the military.

Many analysts interpret the escalation of tribal violence as a product of the power vacuum created by the military takeover, as the junta’s campaign focused on Khartoum and the center of the country, while the hinterland plunged into chaos.

Local activists e media Sudanese reported the absence of the army during the latest bloody clashes in Blue Nile in late October.

In response, protesters gathered in Damazin – the capital of the Blue Nile state – later that week, storming local government headquarters and a military installation.

The army subsequently fired a senior military commander in the Blue Nile state.

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