International peacekeepers said Sunday that 221 people have been killed in Sudan's volatile Darfur region in June.

The United Nations - African Union peacekeepers in Darfur said most of the deaths were due to inter-tribal clashes.

The death toll was significantly less than May, when nearly 600 people died in rebel and tribal fighting.

Darfur has experienced seven years of war and instability since rebels took up arms in 2003, accusing the government of neglecting the western region.

The United Nations says fighting and related violence have killed up to 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.7 million.  Sudan puts the death toll at 10,000.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.