At least 37 people have been killed in fighting this week between rival ethnic groups in Chad, president Idriss Deby said on Friday.
‘The intercommunal conflict has become a national concern,’ Deby said at a press conference to mark the country's independence day. ‘In three days, 37 Chadians were killed in Ouaddie (eastern Chad)’.
Tit-for-tat violence between nomadic camel herders and sedentary farmers over land has escalated in the east, a strategic region on the border with Sudan.
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