World 35 killed in clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur: officials
EXPLAINER: What does PM's reinstatement mean for Sudan?
The reinstatement of Sudan's prime minister after weeks under house arrest was the biggest concession made by the military since its Oct. 25 coup, but it leaves the country's transition to democracy mired in crisis. The military reached a deal with Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday that would reinstate him as the head of a new technocratic Cabinet ahead of eventual elections. But the agreement has angered Sudan's pro-democracy movement, which accuses Hamdok of allowing himself to serve as a fig leaf for continued military rule. Most of the international community has condemned the coup and called for a return to at least partial civilian rule.
At least 35 people have been killed in days of fighting between herders in Sudan's western Darfur region with more than a thousand homes set on fire, officials said Thursday.
The violence broke out on November 17 between armed Arab herders in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains close to the border with Chad, said Omar Abdelkarim, Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in West Darfur state.
"The clashes left more than 35 people dead on both sides," he told AFP. "Around 16 villages have been completely burned down".
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The latest deaths include Remaaz Hatim al-atta and Omar Adam, bringing the death toll from Saturday's protests to 7. At least 23 protestors have died overall.Monday, a doctors union said two more Sudanese protestors died in the hospital from gunshot wounds during protests over the weekend. The Sudan Doctors committee said the two new deaths were Remaaz Hatim al-atta, who was shot in the head in front of her family's home in Khartoum, and Omar Adam, who was shot in the neck during protests in the same city. They were shot on October 25 and pronounced dead in the past 24 hours, the committee said.
West Darfur governor Khamis Abdallah said the violence was sparked by "a dispute over camel looting", and that "military reinforcements have been sent to the area and the situation has stabilised."
Some people have fled west seeking safety across the border to Chad, he added.
Darfur was ravaged by a civil war which erupted in 2003, that pitted ethnic minority rebels complaining of discrimination against the Arab-dominated government of Omar al-Bashir.
More than 300,000 people died and 2.5 million were displaced, according to the United Nations.
Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court to face charges of genocide in Darfur, was ousted and jailed in April 2019 following mass protests against his three-decade rule.
Thousands protest in Sudan against military takeover
Thousands of Sudanese protesters rallied Thursday against last month's military power grab, rejecting an agreement struck between the top general that saw the prime minister reinstated, witnesses said. In Khartoum, demonstrators chanted "the people want the downfall of the regime". In the capital's twin city Omdurman others shouted "power to the people, a civilian government is the people's choice". General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on October 25, but after international condemnation and mass protests he reinstated the premier on Sunday.
While the main conflict in Darfur has subsided, with a peace deal struck with key rebel groups last year, the arid region has remained awash with weapons and violence often erupts over land, access to agriculture or water.
A UN peacekeeping mission wound up in the Darfur last year.
The latest clashes come against a backdrop of political turbulence, as Sudan reels from the aftermath of a military coup last month that drew wide international condemnation and sparked mass protests.
On October 25, top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan overthrew the country's post-Bashir transitional government and detained the civilian leadership.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was freed from effective house arrest and reinstated, after signing a deal with Burhan that was viewed by critics as "whitewashing" the coup.
Sudan PM Hamdok to return to government after deal: mediators .
Sudan's top military leader and the prime minister he ousted last month have reached a deal for the premier's return to government and the release of detained civilian leaders, mediators said Sunday. Mediators said the deal was reached following talks among political factions, ex-rebel groups and military figures. © - Sudanese protesters set up barricades on a street in the capital Khartoum on November 20, 2021 Sunday's deal announcement came as pro-democracy activists geared up for the latest in a wave of mass protests to denounce the coup and the ensuing crackdown, in which medics say 16 people were killed last Wednesday al