38 killed in a Rapid Support attack in El Fasher and an American warning of a massacre in the city

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The Ministry of Health in the Darfur region, western Sudan, announced that 38 people were killed and 280 injured, in the Rapid Support Forces attack on the city of El Fasher during the past two days, while the American delegate to the Security Council, Linda Greenfield, warned that the city is on the verge of a large-scale massacre.

The Ministry of Health in Darfur explained that “villages west of El Fasher were burned amid the displacement of thousands, and that the Rapid Support Forces closed the land entrances linking El Fasher to the cities of Sudan and prevented the entry of humanitarian aid, basic goods, and fuel, which led to the spread of diseases and malnutrition among children.”

The Ministry described the siege of the city of El Fasher – the capital of North Darfur State – as a “full-fledged crime,” and condemned what it called the indiscriminate bombing that targeted health facilities, which endangered the lives of civilians and displaced people, according to a statement by the Ministry.

In turn, a statement issued by the “Sudan Liberation Army Movement” – loyal to the Sudanese army – condemned the attack on the city of El Fasher, saying that it was subjected this morning to the firing of missiles and heavy artillery from the Rapid Support Forces and what it called the militias allied with them on neighborhoods inhabited by civilian residents and public facilities, which left… Victims and injuries, according to the statement.

Local sources confirmed to Al Jazeera that the Sudanese army and its allied forces exchanged artillery and heavy weapons shelling with the Rapid Support Forces in El Fasher, noting that both sides continue to mobilize their forces inside the city and on its outskirts.

human rights

On the other hand, the Transitional Sovereignty Council media said that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, received a phone call from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, during which they discussed human rights issues in Sudan.
The Council’s media – through its social media platforms – explained Al-Burhan’s confirmation of commitment to human rights issues and that the armed forces “are based on laws consistent with international norms and conventions that preserve human rights and work to protect civilians,” expressing Sudan’s readiness to cooperate with the Commission.

For his part, the Commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti,” said that he received a phone call today from Volcker, during which they discussed the current situation in Sudan, the conditions facing civilians, and providing protection for them, in addition to delivering humanitarian aid to those in need.

Hemedti added – through his account on the According to his post.

Immediate consequences

In turn, the American delegate to the Security Council, Linda Greenfield, warned that El Fasher is on the verge of a large-scale massacre. She said that the Rapid Support must end the siege of El Fasher and the Sudanese forces must protect the infrastructure. She urged the armed parties to stop the escalation in El Fasher and protect civilians at all costs, stressing, “There will be “There are direct and immediate consequences for those responsible for the attack on El Fasher.”

Earlier yesterday, Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his “deep concern” about the battles that have been taking place for days in the Sudanese city of El Fasher, and issued a call to the combatants to allow civilians to seek refuge in safe areas.

Guterres’ spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement that the Secretary-General is “concerned by reports of the use of heavy weapons in densely populated areas, causing dozens of casualties, large displacements, and the destruction of civilian infrastructure.”

Since mid-April 2023, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been fighting a war that has left about 14,000 dead and more than 8 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies + social media sites