UNAMID expresses deep concern over clashes between the Reizegat and Habaniya tribes in South Darfur
El Fasher, 16 July 2015- The African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) expresses serious concern over reports of escalating tensions and clashes between the Reizegat and the Habaniya tribes on 14 July in the Al Sunta locality, 150 kilometers south-east of Nyala, South Darfur, which has, according to various sources, claimed dozens of lives and caused injuries on both sides. The fighting was allegedly triggered by a cattle rustling incident for which both tribes have mobilized their fighters.
UNAMID strongly urges the leaders and members of both tribes to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their disputes and refrain from all acts that would lead to further intensification of violence, loss of life and potential displacement of innocent persons.
The Mission is closely monitoring the situation for a detailed update, including the actual cause of the clash and number of casualties. Meanwhile, it continues to do its utmost, within its capability and mandate to protect affected civilians, facilitate and support all efforts by the Government of Sudan, native administration, leaders of the two tribes and other key stakeholders to de-escalate the tensions and achieve reconciliation between the Reizegat and the Habaniya.