In the West Darfur region in Sudan, more than 60 people were killed and another 60 injured in new violence, UN officials said on Sunday.
Around 500 armed men attacked the city of Masteri north of Beida in Darfur on Saturday afternoon, the statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
The attackers targeted members of the local Masalit community, looting and burning houses and part of the local market, the statement added.
"This was one of the latest in a series of security incidents reported last week that burned down several villages and houses, ransacked markets and shops, and damaged infrastructure," the OCHA office in Khartoum said.
After the attack on Masteri on Saturday, around 500 locals protested the authorities and demanded more protection.
Members of the Masalit community said they would not bury their dead until the authorities take action, OCHA said.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Sunday that the government would send security forces to the conflict-affected region to "protect citizens and the agricultural season".
His announcement came two days after armed men in the region killed at least 20 civilians, including children, when they returned to their fields for the first time in years, at the latest after a series of violent incidents.
The recent murders have targeted African peasantry that are in conflict with nomadic Arab tribes over the country.
"The escalation of violence in different parts of the Darfur region is leading to increasing displacement, a deterioration in the farming season, loss of life and livelihood and growing humanitarian needs," the OCHA statement said.
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