Cairo ( Associated Press) – The death toll in days of conflict between tribes in southern Sudan has risen to at least 65, an official said Sunday.
About 150 people have also been injured in fighting between Hausa and Birta ethnic groups in Blue Nile province, said Jamal Nasser al-Saeed, director of health in the region.
The officer clarified that most of the victims were youths who were shot or stabbed.
Al-Saeed urged authorities in the capital Khartoum to quickly evacuate 15 seriously injured people, as the province is short of medical equipment and medicine.
According to local officials, fighting in the Blue Nile began last week with the killing of a farmer and continued till Saturday.
The authorities have deployed military and paramilitary units called Rapid Reaction Forces to restore stability there. He imposed a curfew and banned public gatherings in the cities of Roséres and Damazin, where clashes broke out.
The local press reported that thousands of people were forced to leave their homes because of the violence.
It is the latest outbreak of tribal violence in Sudan, which has been in crisis since October when the military seized power in a coup.
The military coup disrupted the delicate democratic transition the country was going through since the end of nearly three decades of authoritarian rule under Omar al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir and his Islamic government were overthrown in a popular uprising in April 2019.