An armed attack on the village of Klum in the disputed area of Abyei between Sudan and Juba, after the secession of South Sudan, killed 32 people, which angered the pioneers of communication sites in Sudan.
Twitter users in Sudan described the attack as “a lawlessness.”
The US State Department condemned the incident, as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, published a tweet expressing his condolences to the families of the victims and condemning the attack.
Sudanese singers also expressed their anger and grief by marking # Abyei – bleeding, stressing the importance of imposing security control on conflict areas in various parts of Sudan where weapons are common.
It is reported that the oil-rich Abyei obtained a special status in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between Sudan and South Sudan on September 25, 2003.
The “Abyei” is a bridge between the north and south of Sudan, and in the north are the Arab Misseriya tribes, while in the south there are the African Dinka tribes.
RT @AsstSecStateAFMy recent violent events sad me Abyei. The United States condemns this attack and we send our condolences to the families of the victims who lost their loved ones. Now is the time for calm and restraint, we support the United Nations interim security efforts in Abyei to restore calm and restraint.
– State Department (@USAbilAraby) January 23, 2020
The Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son, condemns an attack on a village in the Abyei area that left 32 people killed, 25 more people injured, three children missing and 19 houses torched.
– UN OCHA Sudan (@UNOCHA_Sudan) January 23, 2020
The Sudanese government condemned attacks on unarmed civilians and reprisals from any side, and warned of escalation and tribal incitement as it would only lead to more tension and violence.
For its part, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNICEF) reported the killing of at least 32 people, including women and children, and the injury of dozens, as a result of an attack by armed Misseriya tribesmen on the Dinka tribe in the village of Coulomb, northwest of Abyei town, on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Farhan Haq, deputy UN spokesman, said at the daily press conference that peacekeepers had arrested five people after the attack, while the mission was continuing to patrol the area and investigate the incident.
The Southern Sudan (Abyei Administration) condemned the attack in the strongest terms, and called on the forces of UNICEF (the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei) to take the necessary measures to protect citizens from possible attacks, and to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice immediately. “
The UNICEF force was established in June 2011, and is charged with monitoring tension between Sudan and South Sudan, and is permitted to use force to protect civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei.
In 2011, the Security Council deployed a peacekeeping force in the region, after fighting erupted and about 100,000 people were displaced.
Yesterday began the bloody day, killing, injured and missing due to an armed attack on the citizens of Coulomb Village.
The causes of the attacks must be studied and analyzed, and before the demarcation of the borders, it is important to establish peaceful coexistence
How long and # Aby_bleeds pic.twitter.com/r2A9vtfbuH
– ?? Abeer ?? (@ abeer_abdalla20) January 23, 2020
To kill women, children and men and burn the village, including … This is not a crime but a genocide … The Kizan militias from the Misseriya people have no connection with humanity.
Mercy and forgiveness for the martyrs of the village of Klum, Western Abyei#Abey_bleeding
– Deng Arop (@ DengArop6) January 23, 2020
Sudanese Professionals Caucus – South Kordofan
Li Win and how two solid
Where did you laugh
Between tears and the eye
The masses of the Sudanese people extend their condolences and sympathy to our martyrs in the city of Abyei and urgently recover the wounded and injured as a result of the unfortunate events that killed Nafir Aziz from our people.# Aby_bleeds
– Sudanese Professionals Association (@AssociationSd) January 23, 2020
Terrible, heartbreaking violence in #Abyei is unacceptable and a setback to peace & stability in the region. #UNSC must remain focused on the needs of the people there and a path to lasting peace. I will continue to push #UNIFSA to do all it can to protect the innocent in Abyei.
– Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbUN) January 23, 2020