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Arabic Media

August 3, 2023

Source: Al Rai (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: 100 People Killed in Tribal Fighting

Mohamed Hammad Jalabi, Torjum tribe leader, indicated that his tribe came under repeated attacks by Abala tribe:

  • Attacks on Monday killed 100
  • On Tuesday 40
  • The attacks aim to force his people to leave their homes

Meanwhile, UN resolution 1769 continued to generate positive responses:

  • Organization of the Islamic Conference welcomed the resolution
  • Praised Sudan’s quick approval
  • Praised Sudan’s cooperation with the international organization
  • Urged respect of Sudan’s sovereignty
  • Warned agreement will fail in the long run if international community did no assist Sudan in eliminating the economic problems that caused the crisis

Source: Addustour (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: 60 People Killed in Tribal Fighting and African Union to Send more Troops

Mohamed Hammad Jalabi, Torjum tribe leader, indicated that his tribe came under repeated attacks by Abala tribe:

  • Attacks on Monday killed 100
  • On Tuesday 40
  • The attacks aim to force his people to leave their homes

Meanwhile, African Union:

  • Welcomed resolution 1769
  • Asked its members to send more troops
  • Announced that Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Mauritania promised to send more troops
  • Indonesia said it would send more troops

Source: Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)
Headline: International Support for Hybrid Force and 60 People Killed in Tribal Fighting

Lam Akol, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, reiterated Sudan’s support for resolution 1769, and

  • Praised international support of the resolution
  • Welcomed troop participation by China, Indonesia, Russia, South African, Qatar, Congo, Ghana, and Germany

However, continued tribal violence threatened the work of peacekeeping force. Recent attacks claimed the lives of 60 more people bringing the total to 145 in the last two days.

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: Is Resolution 1769 First Step Toward Darfur Separation?
By: Imad Abdul Hadi

Reactions to resolution 1769 in Sudan varied greatly:

  • The government approved the resolution and said it would cooperate
  • The government pleased its demands were taken into consideration in final draft
  • Experts saw it differently:
  • Haydar Ibrahim said the resolution violates Sudan’s sovereignty as it transfers security of Darfur to another entity
  • He also criticized it because it emphasizes military before political solution making Darfur’s separation possible
  • Ibrahim also criticized the size of the hybrid force as the biggest ever and the first of its kind

However, other political experts considered the resolution positive:

  • Human rights activist Saleh Mahmoud blamed the resolution on government’s policies
  • He did not think this resolution to lead to Darfur separation
  • Mahmoud blamed the government for the start of the armed rebellion in Darfur

Source: Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: 100 People Killed in Darfur and 5 African Countries Ready to Send Troops
By: Ismail Adam, Afrah Mohamed, and Mustapha Sirri

  • Surprise attack on “Adila”, town in South Darfur killed 24 civilians, government forces, and a woman
  • The attack was by Salvation Front and left many houses burnt to the ground
  • Tribal fighting continued with 71 people killed bringing the total to 133

And in Addis Ababa, Saeed Djinnit said African Union members responded positively to resolution 1769:

  • Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon, and Ethiopia promised to send troops to Darfur
  • South African will make a decision on sending troops soon
  • Indonesia to send 150 policemen, and
  • Germany to give $32 million

Arusha talks to start today, but some influential rebel groups are not likely to attend

Source: Al Hayat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: Army Denies Rebel Claims of Territory Control  
By: Annour Ahmed Annour

Khalil Ibrahim, head of Justice and Equality Movement said

  • His movement and Sudan Liberation Movement cooperated to take control of Adila town in South Darfur
  • He promised to focus attacks on big cities and urban areas instead of its old strategy which focused on remote areas
  • He said “we will control our territory by force instead of negotiation”
  • He added his movement has not signed a ceasefire with the government, and it will not stop fighting till an equitable solution to the conflict is reached
  • He also indicated that his movement will participate in Arusha meeting

The government denied Ibrahim’s claims saying the fighting was near the town of Adila and government troops defeated the rebels.

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