138 people killed in three weeks in West Darfur

138 people killed in three weeks in West Darfur
138 people killed in three weeks in West Darfur
Dozens of people have died in violence this week in West Darfur state, local medics said, and thousands have been driven from their homes as a result of these events.

The West Darfur Doctors Committee said the attacks began in the Karinak area on Saturday.

It added in a statement that the violence caused a wave of exodus from the suburbs to Kerenc, as well as a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. The commission said 88 people had died, and 84 had been injured.

A resident of Karenik said that a camp for the displaced had been reduced to rubble, noting that thousands of people had taken shelter in government buildings. “The area (the camp) has been completely destroyed,” he said.

Analysts say a peace agreement signed by some rebel groups in October 2020 is among the causes of the unrest, as it encouraged local groups to compete for power. A joint force between the United Nations and the African Union has stopped patrolling the area since January.

Humanitarian aid organizations said that recently there has been an escalation of conflict across Darfur.

On Wednesday, the General Coordinating Committee for Refugees and Displaced Persons Camps, a local NGO, reported that violence has renewed in the Jebel Moon district of North Darfur state, where aid workers said 43 people have died and 10,000 have been displaced in the past month.

The committee said that militias surrounded the Zamzam refugee camp on Wednesday, and that the Donki Shata area of ​​North Darfur was also attacked.

The conflict in the early part of this century between rebel groups on one side and government forces and allied militias on the other, claimed the lives of an estimated 300,000 people and led to the displacement of about 2.5 million from their homes across Darfur, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The General Coordinating Committee for Refugees, IDP camps and residents in Darfur complain that militias continue to carry out attacks on villages and refugee camps.

Aid organizations say that about 430,000 people have been displaced from their homes over the past year, four times more than those who were displaced in 2020.

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