CAIRO — At least 14 people have died in the past three days of bloodshed in Sudan’s long-troubled Darfur region, two activists said on Tuesday.
Adam Haroun, a local activist, said the clashes erupted in West Darfur province on Sunday after Arab gunmen on motorcycles shot dead a trader in the remote town of Fur Baranga.
The killing sparked a series of reprisal attacks by Arab and African tribal groups and looting, said Adam Regal, a spokesman for a local organization that helps run Darfur refugee camps.
Violence continued on Tuesday and the death toll is likely to rise, Haroun said.
On Monday, West Darfur’s governor declared a two-week state of emergency and imposed a state-wide night curfew.
Analysts see an increase in violence between various tribal groups in Sudan’s remote regions in recent months as a result of tensions caused by a power vacuum and political turmoil.
At the end of March, at least five people died in the clashes in Western Darfur. Last October, more than 170 people died in clashes in the Blue Nile province in the far southeast corner of the African country.
Sudan has been plunged into chaos since a military coup led by the country’s top general, Abdel-Fattah Burhan, replaced the Western-backed government in October 2021, upending a short-lived transition to democracy.
The United Nations also said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” after a video surfaced on social media of a man calling for the killing of the UN special envoy to Sudan.
“I’m asking for a fatwa,” said the man, who identified himself in the video as Abdelmoneim. “I volunteer to kill Volker (Perthes).”
The comments came at a small conference held by an umbrella group of Islamist factions linked to Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir.
“The language of incitement and violence only deepens divisions on the ground,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarri said at a briefing on Tuesday.
Under intense international pressure, Sudan’s ruling military and various pro-democracy forces signed a preliminary agreement in December in which they undertook to restore the transition to democracy. But after months of bickering and inter-party negotiations mediated by the UN and other international actors, Sudan’s political factions have yet to agree on a final agreement.
Sudanese Islamists remain staunchly opposed to the deal.
The conflict in Darfur first erupted in 2003, when rebels, mainly from the region’s ethnic Central and Sub-Saharan African communities, launched an uprising complaining of oppression by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum.
The government of the time, led by al-Bashir, responded with aerial bombardments and scorched earth attacks by Janjaweed militias. Over the years, they have killed 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million from their homes in Darfur.
Associated Press writer Edith Lederer of the United Nations contributed to this report.