Khartoum, April 9, 2021 Doctors on Friday said at least 137 people have been killed and 221 injured in fighting in the western Sudanese conflict region of Darfur since Saturday.
At least 28 seriously injured people had to be taken to Sudan’s capital Khartoum, some 1,400 kilometres away, for further treatment, the Sudanese Medical Committee announced.
The violence began on Saturday in El Geneina, sometimes written as al-Junaynah, the capital of the state of West Darfur.
According to the local medical committee, there are not enough medicines and medical instruments to adequately care for the injured.
Eyewitnesses said the destruction of the city is immense, and aid organizations said a school was burnt down and the supply of water, food and electricity is inadequate.
A similar outbreak of violence occurred in the same town in January, when a member of the Masalit people killed a member of an Arab community.
Militias used the incident as an excuse to attack the town.
The Darfur region has been troubled for years. Fighting broke out there in 2003 between population groups demanding more political participation and the government of then-president Omar al-Bashir.
Government forces and the allied Arab Janjaweed militia brutally attacked the population, killing an estimated 300,000 people.