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MSF reports over 100 fatalities in two weeks of conflict in Sudan’s el-Fasher

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Charity Doctors Without Borders has reported that more than 900 people have been wounded and at least 134 have been killed in el-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, due to ongoing fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The conflict has escalated in recent weeks, with the RSF attempting to take control of the city, which is the last remaining capital in the Darfur region not under their control. The RSF, a paramilitary group that emerged from the Janjaweed, has been accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing and genocide in the region in the past.

In an effort to repel the RSF’s advance towards el-Fasher, ex-Darfur rebel leaders Minni Minnawi and Jibril Ibrahim have sided with the SAF, breaking months of neutrality. The conflict in Sudan has been ongoing since April last year, when tensions between General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of the SAF and RSF chief Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” erupted into open war. The fighting has not only affected the capital, Khartoum, but has spread to other parts of the country, including Darfur, where interethnic tensions have resurfaced.

The war in Sudan has taken a heavy toll on the population, with an estimated 14,000 people killed and nine million displaced from their homes. The conflict has also pushed the country to the brink of famine, with nearly five million people at risk of starvation, according to the World Food Programme. The fall of el-Fasher could further exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, where the RSF’s actions have been described as ravaging the region and threatening yet another disaster in the ongoing war.

The international community has been called upon to intervene in the crisis in Darfur, with observers warning that the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation, has highlighted the urgent need for action to prevent further suffering in the region. The world must not turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed in Sudan, and steps must be taken to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it most.

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