UN: UNAMID concerned over deadly tribal clashes in South Darfur

New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Thursday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya tribes in Al Sunta, about 150 km south-east of Nyala in South Darfur.

A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York, pointed out that on 14 July, various sources reported that violence claimed dozens of lives and caused injuries on both sides.

It said the fighting was allegedly triggered by a cattle rustling incident in which both tribes had mobilized their fighters.

In an effort towards calm, UNAMID said that it "strongly urges" the leaders and members of both tribes to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their disputes and refrain from all acts that would lead to further intensification of violence, loss of life and potential displacement of innocent persons.

The mission said it was closely monitoring the situation for detailed updates, including the actual cause of the clash and number of casualties.

Meanwhile, UNAMID said it was working within its capability and mandate, to protect affected civilians, facilitate and support all efforts by the Government of Sudan, native administration, leaders of both tribes and other key stakeholders to de-escalate the tensions and achieve reconciliation between the Reizegat and the Habaniya.
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16 july 2015 20:54:34

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