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FILE: People use a donkey-pulled cart on June 30, 2021, to transport items left behind by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), after withdrawal from Sudan's Darfur, underscoring the fragile security situation in a region of frequent tribal clashes.
FILE: People use a donkey-pulled cart on June 30, 2021, to transport items left behind by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), after withdrawal from Sudan's Darfur, underscoring the fragile security situation in a region of frequent tribal clashes.

UPDATED WITH NEW DEATH TOLL: Nine people have been killed in fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region between groups of Arab Rizeigat and the Fur people, the government said Thursday.

Shooting broke out late Wednesday in Zalingei, state capital of Central Darfur, after a Fur member was killed, sparking wider fighting, witnesses said.

Rizeigat gunmen on motorbikes then stormed a camp for displaced people in the city attacking Fur residents, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur, a Sudanese independent aid group.

"The clashes have left eight people killed and 11 wounded," said Regal.

Fighting raged overnight until Thursday morning in the city, 1,020 kilometers west of the capital Khartoum.

On Saturday, at least 11 people were reported killed following deadly clashes in South Darfur state. It was not clear what started that fighting.

The latest bouts of violence come as Sudan grapples with the crippling aftermath of a military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in October last year.

Civilian groups signed a preliminary deal with the military to end the crisis earlier this month but it has been criticized as "opaque".

Conflicts in Sudan's far-flung regions have killed around 900 people this year and driven almost 300,000 from their homes, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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