United Nations: Over 60 people have been killed and about 60 injured during in an attack in the West Darfur province of Sudan following which Sudan PM declares state of emergency according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“More than 60 people were reportedly killed and approximately 60 injured during an armed attack in Masteri Village, north of Beida locality, in West Darfur, on 25 July,” the OCHA said in a statement.
The clashes between different tribes in the region occurred earlier Saturday and lasted until late Sunday, state-run SUNA news agency reported.
Recent violence by militants in the region prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency on July 13.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said that the government will send security forces to the restive region to protect citizens during the farming season.
Darfur has been facing a conflict between different communities since the 1980s, which significantly escalated in 2003 when rebel groups launched a campaign to topple the government of then-President Omar Bashir.