Two rival groups, the Beni Hussein and the Northern Rezigat have intensified their fight to control Sudan's gold rich Darfur region.
According to latest reports, intense fighting was going on to control the ebel Amir gold mining area.
Thousands of gold miners have been working in Jebel Amir since last year, and the opposing Arab militias have been eager to seize control of the area so they can levy taxes on the miners.
United Nations aid agencies are launching an emergency operation to help the thousands of displaced people in the region.
Rebel groups in the area have lost their political backers in neighboring Chad and Libya, making them pursue new sources of income. Local tribes who once relied on government support now see funds drying up.
Gold mining in the area has started as recently as March of last year. The Beni Hussein, who mostly rely on cattle herding, have controlled the awarding of artisanal mining licenses.
The Beni Hussein community says that government border guards from the Northern Rezigat tribe were behind several attacks seeking to lay claim to the gold-mining area.
Half a million artisan miners have joined a gold rush across Sudan, according to the government, which estimates it made $2.5 billion from gold exports last year.
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