Inter-communal violence left at least 100 people dead in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, in the latest breach of a truce agreed between two ethnic groups last year, a lawmaker said.
When Abbaker Musa died at a University of Khartoum protest, Sudan’s newspapers carried a statement saying authorities had used tear gas.
Sudan’s government renewed attacks on villagers in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said, as numbers fleeing violence each month in the war-torn western region near the highest in a decade.
Sudanese opposition leader Sadig al- Mahdi was released after a month in custody in a case that prompted criticism from the European Union over curbs on free speech.
A Darfur militia leader once allied with Sudan’s government is turning against the authorities as fresh violence sweeps the western Sudanese region more than a decade since conflict began.
At least 3,000 people in Darfur sought shelter with the United Nations as resurgent violence in the western Sudanese region strains the resources of aid groups.
Members of Sudan’s security forces targeted Darfur civilians during intercommunal fighting, part of a wave of violence that’s displaced half a million people in the western Sudanese region over the past year, Amnesty International said.
Sudanese security services arrested former Prime Minister Sadig al-Mahdi, prompting Sudan’s biggest opposition party to suspend talks with the government on improving the country’s political system.