32 people killed during reported attacks in a disputed region of Africa

Authorities say no less than 32 individuals have been killed following heavy combating within the disputed Abyei area, an claimed by each Sudan and South Sudan


November 19, 2023, 12:41 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya — Not less than 32 individuals, together with a U.N. peacekeeper, have been killed Sunday following heavy combating within the disputed Abyei administrative area, an space claimed by each Sudan and South Sudan, authorities stated.

Native media reported that the civilians and a Ghanaian soldier serving with a peacekeeping pressure died when unknown gunmen attacked two villages in southern Abyei.

A South Sudanese radio station, Eye Radio Juba, quoted Abyei data minister Bolis Kuoch as saying 32 individuals have been killed and 20 others wounded, “however the clashes have now stopped and the scenario calmed down.”

Inter-communal and cross-border clashes have escalated since South Sudan deployed its troops to the contested territory in March. The peacekeeping mission there condemned the troop deployment, saying it might create“untold struggling and humanitarian issues” for civilians.

Worldwide solders have been despatched to Aleel and Rum Ameer counties as a part of the U.N. Interim Safety Drive for Abyei to assist quell the rising battle.

The Safety Council final week voted unanimously to resume UNIFSA’s mandate till Nov. 15, 2024.

Earlier this month, the U.N. particular envoy for the Horn of Africa, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh warned that the “unprecedented” 7-month warfare between Sudan’s military and a rival paramilitary pressure was getting nearer to South Sudan and the Abyei area

The U.N. says greater than 9,000 individuals have been killed for the reason that battle erupted in mid-April, displacing hundreds of thousands of individuals inside Sudan and into neighboring nations

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Sudan and South Sudan have disagreed over management of the oil-rich Abyei area since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan after a 2005 peace deal ended a long time of civil warfare between Sudan’s north and south.

The deal referred to as for either side to settle the ultimate standing of Abyei by negotiations, however it has by no means been carried out.

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