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100 Die in Sudan Tribal Clashed

April 25, 1998

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ Clashes between rival tribes over water and grazing rights have left more than 100 people dead and about 45 villages gutted in western Sudan, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The clashes and the casualties in West Darfur state occurred during the past four weeks, Mohamed Salih al-Sanousi, a West Darfur minister, said Friday in the state capital, Genaina.

His comments were reported by the Alwan newspaper Saturday.

Al-Sanousi said the clashes between the Rezaigat and Massalit tribes began in January but ``renewed fiercely″ this month in 68 villages in violation of a reconciliation deal signed by tribal leaders.

More than 100 people were killed, 46 were injured and about 45 villages were devastated in arson attacks, he said. Some 4,000 families were displaced, he said. No other details of the clashes were available.

The underdeveloped tribal area near the border with Chad is 680 miles west of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. It is not involved in the insurgency by Christian separatist guerrillas in the south.

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