UN warns Sudanese militias besieging capital in western Darfur, urges against attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Sudanese militias are besieging the only unoccupied capital in the western region of Darfur, the United Nations said Friday, saying an attack would have “catastrophic consequences” for the city’s 800,000 residents. I warned you that it would be.

At the same time, the United Nations said the rival Sudanese military “appears to be entrenching its position.”

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he reiterated his call for paramilitary rapid support forces and government forces to refrain from fighting in the North Darfur region around the capital El Fasher.

Year-long war erupts between militias and government generals vying for power in Sudan “A crisis of epic proportions” United Nations political director Rosemary DiCarlo said this last Friday. She said the situation was fueled by the weapons of foreign donors who continued to ignore UN sanctions aimed at ending the conflict, adding: “This is illegal, it is immoral and it must stop.” emphasized.

The United Nations Humanitarian Office said on Friday that escalating tensions and clashes around El Fasher over the past two weeks have already displaced 40,000 people and claimed scores of civilian lives.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, known as OCHA, said: “Due to the security situation, humanitarian access to El Fasher has been effectively cut off.”

Humanitarian officials say El Fasher is a key location for aid shipments from neighboring Chad and for reaching other parts of the vast Darfur region, including via the northern route from Port Sudan on Sudan’s northeast coast. .

“Currently, more than a dozen trucks carrying life-saving supplies for 122,000 people are unable to proceed to El Fasher due to poor security and no guarantees of safe passage, leaving them in the neighboring northern state of Ado. stranded in Dabar,” OCHA said.

Dujarric said the Sudanese Secretary-General’s personal envoy, Ramtan Ramamala, was working with rival parties to de-escalate tensions, which have reportedly escalated dramatically.

OCHA also said that “it is essential that the parties allow safe passage for civilians from El Fasher to safer areas.”

Sudan fell into chaos in mid-April 2023. At that time, tensions between the Sudanese-led military had been simmering for a long time. General Abdel Fattah Burhanand a paramilitary rapid support force. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo Urban fighting broke out in the capital, Khartoum. Fighting has spread to other parts of the country, particularly in urban areas and the western region of Darfur.

More than 14,000 people have been killed, tens of thousands injured, 25 million people need life-saving aid due to imminent famine, and more than 8.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes, the UN’s Mr Di Carlo said. A tragic picture of the effects of war.

During the war, the Arab-dominated Rapid Support Forces carried out brutal attacks against African civilians in Darfur. Especially the Masalit peopleand has taken control of most of the vast region – El Fasher is its latest target.

Twenty years ago, Darfur became synonymous with genocide and war crimes against people who identify as Central or East Africans, particularly by the notorious Janjaweed Arab militia.

That legacy appears to be returning, with International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan saying in late January that there was reason to believe. Both sides may be committing war crimescrimes against humanity or genocide in Darfur.

The Rapid Support Force was formed from Janjaweed fighters by former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Overthrown in 2019 popular uprising. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes including genocide during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

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