CAIRO — At least 31 people have been killed in tribal clashes that resumed in a southern Sudan province on Saturday, authorities said, the latest bloodshed in a country in turmoil since an October military coup.
The fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups in Blue Nile province stemmed from the killing of a farmer earlier this week, according to a local government statement on Friday evening.
Clashes continued on Saturday afternoon despite the deployment of more troops to the area, according to the Sudanese Doctors Committee, which tracks the violence across the country.
The local government deployed the military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces – or RSF – to bring stability to the area. Authorities also imposed a nighttime curfew and banned gatherings in the area where the clashes took place.
The clashes also injured at least 39 and damaged some 16 shops in the town of Roseires, the local government said.
The medical group said more injured people were taken to hospital on Saturday, amid a shortage of emergency and lifesaving drugs in the province. He called on authorities in the capital Khartoum to help evacuate the injured for advanced treatment.
The violence has come amid chaos in Sudan since the military seized power in October, toppling a transitional government that had ruled the country since a popular uprising forced the overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al -Bashir in April 2019.
The coup has upended the country’s transition to democracy and raised questions about the ability of military leaders to provide security in vast areas of Sudan. In April, tribal clashes killed more than 200 people in war-torn Darfur.