At least 22 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the state of Jonglei in eastern South Sudan, a local official reported Thursday’s third such incident in just over a week. .
Strongly armed men from the Murle ethnic group attacked four towns and cattle fields of the Nuer ethnic group in Jonglei in early Thursday, according to DPA, Acting State Commissioner John Deng, who said another 20 people were injured.
Another 45 people died earlier this week and 18 others were injured in a similar incident between the Atok Buk and Apuk Parek ethnic groups in the northern state of Warrap. Another 28 were killed in tribal clashes on June 24, while nearly 1,000 were killed in a single day on May 20.
Clashes between ethnic groups in South Sudan go back centuries and include the theft of cattle and sometimes the kidnapping of children for use as house slaves. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned in June that armed violence would increase, leading to an increase in deaths, injuries and displaced people.