'Many casualties' in Sudanese tribal clashes
19 February 2013, 13:48
Khartoum - A tribal clash has claimed many casualties near
the tense undemarcated border between Sudan and South Sudan, a source familiar
with the incident said on Tuesday.
The violence occurred between nomadic Arab Misseriya cattle
herders and members of the South Sudanese-based Nuer tribe west of the disputed
Abyei region, said the source, an Abyei resident.
"There are many casualties," he said, unable to
give specific details.
The Sudanese Media Centre, which is close to the security
apparatus, quoted a Misseriya leader as saying 23 people were killed in a clash
with the South Sudanese military on Sunday.
"No, it is a tribal clash," during the Misseriya's
annual migration southwards, the Abyei source said. "It happens every year
when they cross the territory of another tribe."
However, the incident coincides with warnings of rising
tension between Sudan and South Sudan along the frontier.