Arab tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur kill 11

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Fresh fighting between feuding Arab tribes in Sudan’s Darfur region has killed 11 people, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, adding to worsening violence in the region.

The Gimir and Beni Halba tribes have been clashing over land ownership since at least April, around Edd Al-Fursan about 100 kilometers southwest of the South Darfur state capital Nyala.

Abaker al-Toum, a Gimir chief, told AFP the Beni Halba attacked three Gimir villages on Monday.

“They came on vehicles, motorcycles, horses and camels, with heavy weapons,” he said.

“We lost five martyrs,” and some houses were burned to the ground, he said.

A Beni Halba leader, who declined to be named, confirmed fighting resumed in three areas.

“We lost six of our men,” he said in brief comments. “We are fighting to protect our land.”

An upsurge in inter-tribal and inter-ethnic fighting “has been the major source of violence, fatalities and displacement of civilian population” in Darfur this year, the head of the African Union-U.N. peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, told AFP last week.

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