Rival clans in Egypt reconcile after deadly feud

The fued has claimed 28 lives over the past three months.

Rival clans in Egypt reconcile after deadly feud

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two rival clans in southern Egyptian reached a reconciliation deal on Sunday with the hopes of bringing an end to a deadly feud that has claimed 28 lives over the past three months.

The Nubian Daboudia and Arab Hilaliya clans in the Aswan province reached the deal under the sponsorship of Aswan Governor Mustafa Yousri.

The latest showdown between the two had killed two people on Thursday.

Twenty-six people were killed in April when the two clans fought against each other.

Fourteen of them had their throats slit, according to Aswan's chief prosecutor who had investigated the clashes.

The prosecutor added that four more victims were burned alive.

The reasons for the clashes remain unknown, with some people attributing them to a case of sexual harassment.

On Sunday, Governor Yousri said the two clans will sign the reconciliation deal on Monday.

In case of any breach of the reconciliation, the violating side will have to pay $140,000 in fines, according to Mansour Kabash, the reconciliation committee chairman.

Deadly vendettas are common in Upper Egypt, where there is a greater proliferation of weapons than in the country's northern provinces.

In many cases, feuds between local families can be traced decades back.

When such vendettas occur, the government is often involved in the mediation and reconciliation efforts that follow.

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