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17 killed in tribal clashes in eastern Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya Seventeen people were killed in clashes between two tribes in Port-Sudan city in eastern Sudan, according to Sudanese police’s statement on Sunday.

“17 people got killed in the events in Port-Sudan city, and several citizens were injured,” the Sudanese police’s press office wrote on its official website.

The statement said that a reinforcement that includes five officers and 85 soldiers from the police arrived in the city to maintain calm and effect arrests.   It brings the total number of the forces on the ground in the area to about 300 soldiers and 30 vehicles.

Last Thursday, Sudan’s sovereign council sent a delegation to Port-Sudan city to contain the deadly conflict that erupted there between the two tribes.

Violent clashes erupted on August 22, 2019, between adherents of Bani Amer and Al-Nuba tribes in Port-Sudan,

Analysts considered the incidence in Port-Sudan as an extension of previous confrontations that took place in several cities, including Gadarif, Khashmal-Qirba, and Kassala, between the same two groups in eastern Sudan.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Sudan’s heavy rains, floods rises to 62, according to authorities at the Sudanese Health Ministry on Sunday.

“The number of the victims reached 62 people, and 98 wounded,” Sulaiman Abdul-Jabbar, the acting undersecretary of the ministry, said at a press conference in the capital Khartoum.

A total of 35,850 families are affected nationwide, he said, adding 22,676 houses collapsed, 13,074 partially collapsed, and 3,636 animals killed.

Mr. Jabbar said Sudan could address the dangers of the current rainy season.

“We have not yet reached the stage of the declaration of disaster or appealing for external aid and assistance,” he said.

Since August, most states in Sudan have been hit by heavy rains, which caused many houses to collapse and cut off main roads.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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