Rapid Support Forces massacre kills 'up to 100' in Sudan village

AFP , Thursday 6 Jun 2024

Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) killed "up to 100" people in an attack on a central Sudan village, a local pro-democracy activists' committee said Thursday.

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The RSF has repeatedly laid siege to and attacked entire villages across Sudan, particularly in the agricultural state of Al-Jazira. Photo circulated on X (formerly Twitter)

 

The RSF, which have been at war with the regular army since April 2023, attacked the village of Wad al-Noura in al-Jazira state "in two waves" with heavy artillery on Wednesday, said the Madani Resistance Committee.

They said the feared paramilitary "invaded the village", causing widespread displacement and dozens of casualties.

"Up to 100 people were killed," said the committee, one of hundreds of similar grassroots groups across Sudan, adding that they were "waiting for a confirmed toll of the dead and injured".

On social media, the committee shared footage of what they said was a "mass grave" in the public square, showing rows of white shrouds laid out in a courtyard.

Several videos circulated on X (formerly Twitter) showed hundreds attending the funeral procession.

 

In a little over a year, the war has killed tens of thousands of people, including up to 15,000 in a single West Darfur town.

The war's overall death toll, however, remains unclear, with some estimates of up to "150,000", according to US special envoy for Sudan Tom Perriello.

The RSF has repeatedly laid siege to and attacked entire villages across Sudan, particularly in the agricultural state of Al-Jazira.

In a statement Thursday, the RSF said it had attacked three army camps in the Wad al-Noura area, and clashed with the enemy "outside the city".

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