The death toll from the renewed civil conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile State rose to more than 17. More than a hundred people were killed in the areas of Damazin, Roseires and Wad al-Mahi in the state of Blue Nile last July. The region is host to around forty different ethnic groups.

KHARTOUM SEPTEMBER 3: The death toll from the renewed civil conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile State rose to more than 17 on Thursday and Friday, in addition 23 people were wounded. The fighting began Thursday in the town of Roseires.

More than a hundred people were killed in the areas of “Damazin”, “Roseires” and “Wad al-Mahi” in the state of Blue Nile last July, while thousands were injured and thousands of homes were burned, following the outbreak of a dispute over land ownership.

A nightly curfew was imposed and gatherings were banned in the areas where clashes erupted. A joint military-police commission was appointed to investigate the incident, coup authorities said. The coup authorities did not mention which tribes were involved. In July, the province saw heavy fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups.

In early August, the various civil parties signed an agreement to stop hostilities under the supervision of the infamous Rapid Support Forces, which included preventing hate speech and restoring security and peace in the region.

Blue Nile is one of the eighteen states of the Republic of the Sudan. It was established in 1992 and is named after the Blue Nile River. The region is host to around forty different ethnic groups.

Image: Robert Stansfield

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