Sudan Troops Deployed in Darfur to Contain Deadly Violence

Published April 12th, 2021 - 10:59 GMT
Sudan joint force in Darfur region
In this file photo taken on April 2, 2016, A convoy of Sudanese security forces deploy during a rally in al-Geneina, the capital of the West Darfur state. Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP
Sudan agreed to deploy joint force in conflicted Darfur region.

Sudan decided to deploy a joint force including former rebels in the Darfur region to maintain security and protect civilians.

The decision came in the wake of the recent deadly tribal violence in El Geneina, West Darfur state, which killed 137 people and injured 221 others.

The Security and Defence Council (SDC) held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the security situation in the country and recent developments in West and East Darfur.

UPDATE: Death toll from days of tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur has risen to 56, says UN

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 6, 2021

Speaking after the meeting, the Minister of Defence Lt-Gen Yassin Ibrahim said that the Security and Defence Council decided to "form a joint force made up of regular forces and all parties signatory of the peace agreement, a flexible force capable of rapid intervention to maintain security in Darfur."

Ibrahim who is the SDC’s official spokesman further said the meeting decided, to expedite the preparation of the joint force and to deploy it in the potential conflict areas in Darfur.

Also, the minister announced the reactivation of the weapons collection campaign and taking "the necessary measures to prevent the manifestations of armed presence in the cities".

He added that the decisions include enhancing border control to prevent the flow of weapons.

Reports from El-Geneina say that the Arab tribes brought weapons from Chad.

Sudanese army deployed 6000 troops in the Darfur region but the governor of West Darfur State complained that the Interior and defence ministries were not responsive to his demands.

The formation of the joint force is part of the peace agreement but there was a delay due to the lack of financial resources for the establishment of cantonment sites for the combatants of the armed groups.

Intercommunal clashes in #Sudan West Darfur state left at least 132 people dead, its governor said Thursday

Members of the Massalit and Arab communities fought since Saturday in and around the state capital El Geneina, trading gun and heavy weapons fire.

— Randa HABIB (@RandaHabib) April 8, 2021

Furthermore, he stressed the government’s determination to "bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice adding they would be tried immediately after investigation.

On Friday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Sudanese government to investigate the tribal attacks in West Darfur and to hold accountable the perpetrators.

"Independent, impartial and thorough investigations into these acts of violence must be initiated without delay. Effective accountability processes must be established to pave the way for genuine reconciliation and lasting peace," reads the statement.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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