More than 30 people have been killed and 100 injured in tribal clashes that broke out last week between the Hausa and Fung tribes in the southeastern state, near the border with Ethiopia, according to Sudanese officials and the United Nations.
Authorities said Sunday they would be stepping up security presence in the state and investigating clashes. Curfews have been declared in two cities.
Protesters in the capital carried signs reading “Stop the civil war”, “The Blue Nile bleeds” and “Cancel the Juba Peace Agreement” as they marched towards the presidential palace.
Sporadic outbreaks of violence have occurred in several parts of Sudan, including the eastern coastal regions and western Darfur, despite a nationwide peace agreement signed by some rebel groups in Juba in 2020.
The anti-war movement, which campaigned in protest after the October 2021 coup, accused the military of fueling internal conflict and failing to protect civilians.
“The continuation of the coup means more deaths, as we have seen in the Blue Nile, Darfur and elsewhere,” said Mohamed Idris, a 43-year-old protester in Khartoum.
The military leaders said their capture was necessary to keep Sudan stable amid political infighting, and they are working to consolidate a peace deal in Darfur and elsewhere.