Khartoum - More than 130 people have been killed in the
latest outbreak of tribal fighting in western Sudan's Darfur region, a tribal
leader said on Friday.
"Fighting was going on until last night and from our
side we have 37 dead," said the leader of the Beni Halba tribe, who
claimed that more than 100 members of the rival Gimir group were also killed.
A Gimir official could not immediately be reached.
The Beni Halba leader, who declined to be named, said a land
dispute caused the fighting in Edd al-Fursan, about 100km southwest of the
South Darfur state capital Nyala.
"This is our land and those people are living on
it," he said.
Competition for resources, from water to gold, is a key
driver of conflict in Darfur, where ethnic rebels in Sudan's far-western region
rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government in 2003.
While the worst of the violence has long passed,
rebel-government battles continue along with tribal disputes, inter-Arab
fighting, kidnappings, carjackings and other crimes.