Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan’s war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people this weekend, as per the statement from the tribal leaders.
The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished.
The clashes between the Arab Maaliya and Rizeigat tribes came months after a similar clash left at least nine dead.
He said 10 people were killed and 18 wounded in the clashes on Saturday 40 kilometres southeast of El-Daien, the capital of East Darfur.
The UN and African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, said initial reports received by the mission put the death toll at nine, including six from Rizeigat tribe.
Khartoum limits international media access to Darfur so it was not possible to independently verify the toll, and Sudanese authorities could not be reached for comment.
Although Khartoum insists that the conflict in Darfur has ended, parts of the region have been destabilized by fighting between myriad ethnic and tribal groups.
The UN and the African Union maintain that the Darfur conflict is winding down, and their peacekeeping mission – among the costliest with a budget of more than $1bn – is being trimmed.