Security Council members call for immediate end to military escalation in El Fasher — a global issue

The call came amid reports of an imminent attack on the city by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and its allied militias, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of displaced people currently sheltering there. potentially threatening.

At least 43 people, including women and children, have been killed in fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF, supported by their respective militias, since April 14, when the RSF launched its invasion of El Fasher. did. according to To the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

The office added that civilians trapped in Darfur, the only city still in SAF hands, fear they will be killed if they try to escape. Severe shortages of essential supplies are exacerbating the dire situation, as fighting and access challenges to RSF-held areas have severely restricted the delivery of goods and humanitarian aid.

fell into chaos

Sudan has since fallen into turmoil. a battle broke out It took place between the SAF and the paramilitary RSF in April last year.

More than 14,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured amid reports of abhorrent sexual and gender-based violence.

The war has also resulted in the displacement of more than 6 million civilians within Sudan, with 25 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and a further 1.8 million displaced across the border. are doing.

end military buildup

In the statement, security council Members called on the SAF and RSF to halt their military buildup, take steps to de-escalate the situation and comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Council members also reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities leading to a sustainable ceasefire.

Leaders called on all Member States to refrain from external interference that seeks to fuel conflict and instability, and instead support efforts towards lasting peace.

It also reminded all parties to the conflict and Member States to abide by their obligations to abide by the arms embargo set out in the resolution. 1556 (2004) and 2676 (2023).

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