Xinhua) -- A confrontation between two Arab communities left six people dead in northern Mali, local sources told Xinhua on Friday.
Each of the rival sides wants to position itself as the main Arab group in Thursday's clash in Anefis, 200 km north of the biggest northern town of Gao.
"This confrontation was due to the events that took place at Ber, where the Arab traders who are organized under the banner of the Arab Movement for Azawad (MAA) pushed out the members of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and injured two of their members.
"The MNLA fighters came to revenge against the peaceful Arab traders in Anefis as they were fleeing to Kidal. The reprisal attacks occurred under the watch of the Serval forces and the International Support Mission for Mali (MISMA)," another source said.
The sources said the MNLA had deployed its fighters in Anefis with about thirty vehicles.
Editor: Hou Qiang