Fighting erupts in Abyei, again

Several people, including a former county commissioner, have been killed in a renewed intercommunal fighting between Abyei and Twic youth, according to an official.

Details of the clashes are unclear. However, the chief of the Abyei Administrative Area said the fighting is ongoing, as of 11am.

Chol Deng identified Mayot Kunit as one of the casualties of the land dispute.

“It is an unfortunate news ever. Mayot was ambushed this morning on his way from Abyei to Aneet to see his children,” Deng told Mayardit FM on Sunday.

“There are other people killed too but i cannot confirm because fighting is still ongoing.”

Kunit had held the county commissioner post and a ministerial post in the Abyei Administrative Area.

In February 2022, the dispute between the two communities over the ownership of Aneet area led to deadly clashes.

Since then, armed youth from the two communities have been attacking each other.

This occurs despite conduct of several peace dialogues and a recommendation suggesting application of facts based on the 1956 Bahr el Ghazal-South Kordofan border.

The death toll of the intercommunal conflict, which some traditional leaders blame on politicians, is about 170.