Deadly Clashes in Darfur Leave 25 Civilians Dead Amid Army-RSF Conflict

Clashes between Sudanese army and paramilitary forces in Darfur leave at least 25 civilians dead, raising concerns about the fragility of the region's peace process.

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Deadly Clashes in Darfur Leave 25 Civilians Dead Amid Army-RSF Conflict

Deadly Clashes in Darfur Leave 25 Civilians Dead Amid Army-RSF Conflict

At least 25 civilians have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence in Sudan's Darfur region, as clashes erupted between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The fighting, which began on Monday in the town of Kutum in North Darfur state, marks a significant escalation in the long-running conflict that has plagued the region for nearly two decades.

According to local officials, the clashes were triggered by a dispute over the control of a key supply route in the area. Eyewitnesses reported heavy gunfire and shelling in residential areas, forcing many civilians to flee their homes in search of safety. The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) confirmed the civilian casualties and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

"We are deeply concerned about the impact of this violence on the civilian population," said UNAMID spokesperson Ashraf Eissa. "We urge all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint and prioritize the protection of civilians."

The Sudanese government has deployed additional troops to the region in an attempt to restore order, but the situation remains tense. The RSF, which has been accused of human rights abuses in the past, has denied responsibility for the civilian deaths and blamed the army for the escalation.

Why this matters:The latest violence in Darfur highlights the fragility of the peace process in Sudan and the ongoing difficulties faced by the civilian population. The conflict, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions since 2003, continues to have far-reaching consequences for the region's stability and development.

The clashes in Kutum come just weeks after the Sudanese government and several rebel groups signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the conflict in Darfur. However, the recent violence has raised doubts about the effectiveness of the deal and the ability of the signatories to maintain the ceasefire .

"This is a somber reminder that despite the peace agreement, the people of Darfur continue to endure violence and insecurity," said Adam Salih, a local human rights activist. "The international community must not turn a blind eye to this ongoing crisis and must take concrete steps to protect civilians and hold those responsible for the violence accountable."

Key Takeaways

  • At least 25 civilians killed in Darfur clashes between army and paramilitary RSF.
  • Dispute over control of supply route triggered the violence in Kutum town, North Darfur.
  • UN-AU mission UNAMID calls for ceasefire and protection of civilians.
  • Recent violence raises doubts about effectiveness of peace deal signed weeks ago.
  • Activists urge international community to address ongoing crisis and protect civilians.