Violence in SSudan-Sudan border area leads to dozens of deaths
Dozens of people are killed following intercommunal violence on the border separating South Sudan and Sudan.
Several dozen people have been killed in a disputed area on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN reported on Wednesday.
The fighting, OCHA (the UN's emergency response agency) said, was taking place in the oil-rich region of Abyei, and has so far left 36 people dead and many others injured. It has also displaced around 50,000 people.
Violence has recently surged in the Abyei Administrative Area as a result of a mix of territorial disputes, inter-tribal tensions, and vendettas.
The fighting, which began in February but increased in March, has gotten so heated that humanitarian operations in the area were suspended and relief workers were relocated to safety.
South Sudan split from its northern neighbor in 2011, and the AAA has been contested since then. Six people were killed on Saturday and 27 on Sunday in the infighting, with people still in fear.
"This has led to the loss of life and is causing untold humanitarian suffering on the people as well as reversing gains made towards achieving peaceful coexistence in Abyei," UNISFA (United Nations International Security Force for Abyei) said in a statement on Tuesday.