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Berti, Ziyadiya sign ‘cessation of hostilities’ in North Darfur

July 14 - 2015 EL FASHER
Mellit locality in North Darfur (OCHA map of Darfur)
Mellit locality in North Darfur (OCHA map of Darfur)

Leaders of the Berti and Ziyadiya tribes on Monday signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher.

The governor of North Darfur has formed a "High Committee" for resolving remaining conflicts between the Ziyadiya, Berti, and Beni Umran tribes.

The committee, chaired by Adam Mohamed Hamed El Neheila, includes a prosecutor, a representative of Special Criminal Court for Darfur Crimes, the North Darfur directors of Intelligence and Inquiries, the paramilitary Central Reserve Police (Abu Tira) and Border Guards.

After some years of relative calm, a series of clashes erupted between the two tribes in Mellit locality last March. Ziyadiya tribesmen, many of them members of the paramilitary Border Guards and Central Reserve Police, attacked several villages populated by Berti in the locality. 

According to reports from Mellit on 12 April, 106 people were killed, and191 houses went up in flames. A total of 48,819 people were affected by the violence. 7,409 families were forced to flee their homes.

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Insecurity hampers aid in Mellit, North Darfur (6 April 2015)

Militias return from North Darfur raids with food, cattle (3 April 2015)

43 Berti die in Ziyadiya militia attacks in North Darfur (29 March 2015)

Sudanese govt. responsible for tribal violence: Darfur Bar (26 March 2015)

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