38 dead in Darfur-border tribal dispute: UN

AFP , Wednesday 11 Dec 2013

A tribal dispute on the border of Sudan's Darfur region has killed 38 people, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

"According to reports received by the UN, 16 Maaliya and 22 Hamar tribesmen were killed following clashes" on December 5, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly bulletin.

The fighting, apparently sparked by a dispute over grazing rights, occurred in West Kordofan state just over the border from East Darfur's Adila region.

"Fighting stopped following the deployment of SAF (Sudan Armed Forces) and negotiations between tribal leaders from both tribes. However, tensions in the area remain high," OCHA said.

In August, fighting between the Maaliya and Rezeigat tribes in East Darfur killed 190 people, the UN reported earlier.

Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein has said that violence between various tribes has eclipsed rebel activity as Darfur's main security threat.

Hundreds of people have been killed this year.

Much of the warfare has involved rival Arab militias, some of which have fought with rockets and other heavy weapons.

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