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UN: 5,000 people who sought refuge in Chad as tribal fighting in West Darfur State

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations announced, on Monday, that about 5,000 people have taken refuge in the country of Chad, as a result of tribal fighting in West Darfur State, western Sudan.

This came according to a report issued by the Office of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA), seen by Anatolia.

Last week, the city of Al-Geneina, in West Darfur state, witnessed violence and tribal fighting, which killed 54 people and 60 injured, in addition to the displacement of about 40,000, which led to the deployment of military reinforcements in the city.

According to local media reports, the situation has worsened “dangerously” in West Darfur State, after a conflict between the “Masalit” and “Arab” tribes intensified, against the background of the killing of a young Arab tribe near the “Crendinge” camp for the displaced.

The UN office said, in its report today, that “about 5 thousand people crossed the border to Chad in search of refuge in villages near the border with Sudan.”

He added: “The situation is still calm, after reaching an agreement between local leaders of the Arab and Masalit tribes that are working to stabilize the situation.”

He pointed out that the health partners of the United Nations will establish 7 health clinics, pointing out that the “Al-Genaina” hospital is open with the support of the World Health Organization to meet the health needs of the displaced.

The UN office stated that UNHCR and IOM have stocks of non-food items available for immediate distribution to the displaced.

He continued, “But more supplies of non-food items and shelter are needed to ensure all affected people are assisted.”

He stated that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provided Al-Genaina Hospital with 15 emergency health kits covering 150,000 people for a period of three months.

And on Sunday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk announced that the parties concerned with the events of the city of “El Geneina”

Hamdouk stressed the need to provide aid that helps the return of the displaced, and appealed to the “Al-Genaina” community and the central and state governments to assist the displaced to return to their areas.

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