On Thursday, the United Nations announced that 13 people were killed and 4 others were wounded, in addition to more than 5,000 displaced people, as a result of clashes between two armed factions in Central Darfur, western Sudan.
A statement issued by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, stated that “clashes between two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army, led by Abdul Wahid Muhammad Nur, began on November 19 in two areas in Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, as a result of which 5,600 people were displaced to other areas.” Others in the states of Central and South Darfur.
The statement added that “13 people were killed, 4 wounded, 12 people were missing, and 6 others were kidnapped,” without mentioning the reasons for the clashes between the two factions.
The UN office indicated that the situation remains tense and unpredictable, and that humanitarian workers are currently unable to reach the affected areas due to insecurity.
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The Sudan Liberation Army did not comment on the matter until the news was published.
Khartoum signed an agreement to establish peace with armed movements within the “Revolutionary Front” coalition on October 3, 2020, which did not include the “Sudan Liberation Army Movement” led by Muhammad Nour, and the “People’s Movement / North” led by Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu.
The rebel movements are holed up in Jebel Marra, a rugged mountain range extending from the north of Darfur to the south for 280 km.
Since 2003, the Darfur region has been witnessing an armed conflict between government forces and rebel movements, which has claimed the lives of about 300,000 people and displaced about 2.5 million others, according to the United Nations.