KHARTOUM - A surge in violence in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region has killed more than 100 people and forced 100,000 to flee, the United Nations said on Wednesday, sharply increasing its estimates after weeks of clashes.
Fighters caught up in a dispute over control of a gold mine had set fire to more than three dozen villages in the north of the region, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al Zatari, said in a statement.
More than 100 people had died and around 70,000 people had been displaced by the fighting between rival Arab tribes that broke out more than a week ago in the Jebel Amer area, he added.
Another 30,000 people had left their homes after separate fighting between the army and a rebel group in the central Jebel Marra area that started late in December, the UN said.
Conflict has raged in vast arid region for almost a decade since mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the Arab government in Khartoum in 2003, accusing it of political and economic marginalization.