UN Security Council demands end to 'siege' in Darfur city

AFP , Thursday 13 Jun 2024

The UN Security Council on Thursday demanded an end to the siege of El-Fasher in Sudan's Darfur region, where fighting between government and paramilitary forces has provoked a humanitarian crisis.

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El-Fasher has seen sporadic clashes since the war broke out in April 2023, but fierce fighting reignited on May 10. UN Photo

 

The resolution, which was prepared by Britain and received 14 votes in favor with Russia abstaining, demands that the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) "halt the siege of El Fasher" and also calls for "an immediate halt to the fighting and for de-escalation in and around El-Fasher."

War has raged for more than a year between the regular military under army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the paramilitary RSF led by his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

El-Fasher in North Darfur is the only state capital in the vast western region not under RSF control, and is a key humanitarian hub for a region on the brink of famine.

El-Fasher has seen sporadic clashes since the war broke out in April 2023, but fierce fighting reignited on May 10 in what UN chief Antonio Guterres has called "an alarming new chapter" in the conflict.

Since then, "at least 192 people have been killed and more than 1,230 wounded" in the city, according to a conservative estimate by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday.

The war across Sudan has killed tens of thousands of people, including up to 15,000 in a single West Darfur town, UN experts say.

Nearly nine million people have been forced from their homes.

Both warring sides have been accused of war crimes including deliberately targeting civilians, indiscriminate shelling of residential areas and blocking humanitarian aid.

Rights groups and the United States have also accused the paramilitaries of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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