CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from tribal clashes over the past week in Sudan’s Darfur region has reached at least 125, the United Nations said Tuesday.

The violence, the latest in the war-torn region, erupted following a land dispute between Arab and African tribesmen in the town of Kulbus, West Darfur province, after local Arab militias attacked several villages in the region.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the dead included more than 100 members of the African Gimir tribe and 25 Arabs. He said the clashes injured more than 130 other people, mostly Africans.


OCHA said at least 25 villages in the Kulbus area were attacked, looted and burned and at least 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes in West Darfur and neighboring North Darfur province, where clashes escalated.

The fighting was the latest episode of tribal violence in Darfur. It came as Sudan remains mired in a wider crisis following an October military coup – a takeover that upended Sudan’s transition to democracy after an uprising People’s Republic forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when ethnic Africans rebelled, accusing the Arab-dominated government in the capital Khartoum of discrimination. Al-Bashir’s government has been accused of retaliating by arming local nomadic Arab tribes and unleashing militias known as janjaweed against civilians there – a charge he has denied.

Al-Bashir, who has been in jail in Khartoum since his ouster from power in 2019, was indicted more than a decade ago by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.