Sudanese doctors: at least 100 dead in clashes in Darfur

CAIRO: Clashes that erupted last month between armed fighters in a town in Sudan’s restive Darfur region have killed at least 100 people, Sudan says doctors’ union.
Hospitals were still out of service in Darfur city Embarrassed and an accurate count of the injured was still difficult to make, the doctors’ union added in a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Sunday evening.
The fighting in Geneva, which erupted days after Sudan’s two rival generals took up arms against each other in the capital of Khartoum, indicates the possibility that the conflict could engulf other parts of the country. ‘East Africa.
The union’s tally comes as talks continue between the warring sides in the Saudi city of Jeddah. A statement released by the Saudi Foreign Ministry on Monday said negotiations between delegations from the country’s military on the one hand and the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces on the other are expected to continue for a few more months. days.
The talks, which focus on creating humanitarian corridors to allow aid and civilians to move through, are part of a broader diplomatic initiative proposed by Saudi Arabia and the United States to stop the fighting.
The doctors’ union did not specify the two sides to the clashes in Geneva, a city of around half a million people near the border with Chad that has been a flashpoint since the early days of the fighting.
Late last month, residents described how armed fighters, many wearing the uniform of the Rapid Support Forces paramilitaries, ransacked the town, looted shops and homes and fought with rival forces. They said the fighting dragged on in tribal militias, tapping into long-running hatreds between the region’s two main communities – one that identifies as Arab, the other as East African or Central African.
In the early 2000s, African tribes in Darfur who had long complained of discrimination rebelled against the government in Khartoum, which responded with a military campaign that the International Criminal Court later ruled a genocide. State-backed Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, have been accused of large-scale murders, rapes and other atrocities. The Janjaweed then evolved into the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group, known as the RSF.
At least 481 civilians were killed in clashes in Khartoum that erupted in mid-April between the army, led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the RSF, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, according to the same press release. doctors. The number of civilian injuries rose to more than 2,560.
On Friday, the governor of West Darfur, where Genena is located, accused the RSF of damaging government offices, burning down more than 10 shelters housing displaced communities and looting homes and shops.
“Today West Darfur is a doomed province. What is left of the population of Darfur lives in very harsh conditions,” General Khamis Abdullah Abkar said in a video posted Friday on a local news site.
“The international community must not remain silent in the face of the challenge in this province. He should act immediately; people need shelter, food and medicine,” he said.
The paramilitaries have repeatedly denied allegations that his forces terrorized civilians or used brutal tactics.


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