We killed 100, Darfur tribe says
30 July 2013, 18:00
Khartoum - An Arab tribe in Sudan's Darfur said on Tuesday
it killed 100 members of a rival tribe, adding to a mounting death toll from an
upsurge in violence this year.
"We lost 28 of our men and we killed 100 from the other
side," Ahmed Khiri, a Misseriya tribal leade said.
He was referring to fighting with the Salamat tribe outside
of Garsila town in western Darfur on Monday.
Scores more have been killed, according to both sides, since
the latest outbreak of warfare between the Misseriya and Salamat began last
Khiri said 17 fighters on his side were wounded and there
was a threat of further violence.
"Troops from both sides are gathering in different
areas," he said.
The Salamat could not be immediately reached.
Garsila is about 150km north of the Abugaradil area, where
last week's battles between Misseriya and Salamat killed 94 people, mostly
Salamat, Khiri said at the weekend.
The Salamat said 52 of their men died during those clashes
in the southwest of Darfur on the borders with Chad and the Central African
Inter-tribal and inter-ethnic fighting has been the major
source of violence in Darfur this year, leading to the displacement of an
estimated 300 000 people in the first five months alone, the African Union-UN
peacekeeping mission in Darfur (Unamid) says.
That is more than in the previous two years combined.
The United Nations says that, as of the end of June, 30 000
Sudanese had fled into Chad because of the tribal fighting in southwestern
Darfur as well as similar unrest in North Darfur.
Clashes between Misseriya and Salamat began in April.
The two tribes signed a peace agreement on 3 July under
which they were to pay compensation to each other, and refugees would return.
On Saturday in North Darfur state, two other Arab tribes,
the Beni Hussein and Rezeigat, inked a peace deal to end a separate conflict,
which a member of parliament said killed hundreds over several weeks.
Darfur's top official, Eltigani Seisi, told the ceremony
that "absence of the state authorities led to fighting", and he
called for a clampdown by security forces.
He was quoted by the official SUNA news agency.
At the same event, Vice President Ali Osman Taha said
President Omar al-Bashir is "working out a comprehensive vision on finding
radical solutions to Sudan's problems and addressing causes of conflict in
Darfur," SUNA reported.
Bashir is wanted by The Hague-based International Criminal
Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed
The Salamat in April had accused members of the paramilitary
Central Reserve Police of joining fighting in Rahad el Berdi near Umm Dukhun in
Darfur, which the tribe said left dozens dead.
The UN experts and human rights activists have also accused
government security forces of involvement in Darfur's tribal fighting.
But Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of Unamid, has said the
nature of the tribal disputes - mainly competition for land, water and mineral
rights - made it hard to tell who was on which side as police and militia also
had ethnic affiliations.
Prior to this year's surge of violence, there were already
1.4 million people in camps for people uprooted by Darfur's conflict, which
began a decade ago when rebels from ethnic minority groups rose up against what
they saw as the domination of Sudan's power and wealth by Arab elites.
Security problems have more recently been compounded by the
inter-tribal fighting, kidnappings, carjackings and other crimes, many
suspected to be the work of government-linked militia and paramilitary groups.