Darfur rocked by tribal conflict

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Khartoum - The United Nations and African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan says more than 100 people have been killed and another 70 000 displaced from their homes because of recent tribal warfare in Darfur.

The UN-AU Mission in Darfur says in a report issued on Thursday that the deaths and displacement resulted from clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes in Jabel Amir, the site of gold mines in North Darfur state in western Sudan.

Darfur has been in turmoil since 2003, when ethnic Africans rebelled, accusing the Arab-dominated Sudanese government of discrimination.

Rights groups charge the regime retaliated by unleashing Arab militias on civilians.

The UN estimates that 300 000 people have died and 2.7 million have been displaced in the long-running conflict. - Sapa-AP


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