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New wave of violence in Sudan puts coup generals in spotlight

Renewed fierce clashes in the Blue Nile state have again shown the generals’ inability to ensure security and revealed the weaknesses of the peace agreement in place, causing new rifts.
Sudanese gather amid renewed ethnic clashes in al-Roseires, despite a cease-fire agreement between rival groups following deadly violence weeks ago, Blue Nile state, Sudan, Sept. 2, 2022.

A new wave of heavy fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, on the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan, has recently left well over 200 people dead, hundreds wounded and thousands displaced, putting once again the country’s military rulers in the spotlight.

The violence, which has a strong tribal character and erupted in mid-October mainly over power, wealth and land disputes, has involved the Hausa tribe and the Funj group, and it has been mostly concentrated in seven towns on the east bank of the Blue Nile near the Roseires dam, according to local media and humanitarian aid agencies.

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