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Medics say 25 dead in ethnic clashes in Port Sudan

Killings took place in Sudan [Getty]

Date of publication: 12 August, 2020

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25 people have been killed during ethnic group clashes in Port Sudan.

Twenty-five people have been killed and 87 others wounded in Sudan in days of clashes between rival ethnic groups in Port Sudan, medical sources told AFP Tuesday.

Most of the casualties were shot while some had knife wounds, the sources added. 

Violence broke out in the Red Sea city on Sunday evening, the state SUNA news agency had reported, quoting medics who treated the wounded.

Police sent in reinforcements and have imposed a night-time curfew, it added.

Clashes have continued for the third consecutive day, despite the increased security presence, witnesses said Tuesday.

Fighting began when people from the Nuba tribe, who had been demonstrating against a new governor, entered a district of the Beni Amer tribe, witnesses said.

There is long-standing hostility between the groups.

The Nuba originate from the South Kordofan region, an area that suffered from decades of civil war.

The Beni Amer people come from eastern Sudan.

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