Deadly Clashes in Fasher, North Darfur Leave 13 Civilians Dead, 9 Injured

Deadly clashes in Sudan's Darfur region leave dozens dead, sparking fears of a humanitarian crisis. The conflict between the military and paramilitary forces threatens to escalate, disrupting aid efforts in an area facing famine.

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Deadly Clashes in Fasher, North Darfur Leave 13 Civilians Dead, 9 Injured

Deadly Clashes in Fasher, North Darfur Leave 13 Civilians Dead, 9 Injured

Deadly clashes erupted in Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State in Sudan, over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least 13 civilians and the injury of 9 others.

The violence occurred between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti.

The Sudan Doctors Union reported that the El Fasher hospital had seen 6 deaths and 61 injuries following the clashes, while the local resistance committee said the death toll had reached 9. The city and its surrounding villages have suffered several days of "arbitrary shelling and airstrikes," according to the Emergency Lawyers.

The breakdown of the fragile peace in el-Fasher, the last Darfur state capital not under RSF control, will be catastrophic for hundreds of thousands suffering a humanitarian disaster. Both sides have been accused of war crimes, including targeting civilians and aid workers, indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, and torture.

Why this matters: The conflict in Sudan has caused a severe humanitarian crisis, with 25 million people in need of assistance and 8.6 million people displaced. Famine now threatens, with 5 million people one step away from famine and 18 million facing acute food insecurity.

The conflict has killed many thousands and forced over 8.5 million people from their homes. The death toll is estimated to be three times higher than the 15,000 recorded by the Armed Conflict Location Event Data Project (ACLED), with up to 15,000 people killed in the West Darfur state city of El Geneina alone.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of escalating unrest in el-Fashir, Darfur, and stated that war is being waged on the Sudanese people. He emphasized that an attack on El-Fasher would be "devastating for civilians and could lead to full-blown intercommunal conflict across Darfur," and would also disrupt humanitarian operations in an area already facing the threat of famine.

The humanitarian community has reached over 8 million people with lifesaving aid, but more resources are urgently needed to address the crisis. The fighting must stop to allow for humanitarian access and solutions, and the international community is urged not to forget the people of Sudan whose lives have been thorn apart, and devastated by the war.

Key Takeaways

  • Deadly clashes in Fasher, Sudan, between SAF and RSF forces, resulting in 13 civilian deaths.
  • Breakdown of fragile peace in Fasher, last Darfur capital not under RSF control, could worsen crisis.
  • Conflict in Sudan has caused severe humanitarian crisis, with 25M in need and 8.6M displaced.
  • UN warns attack on Fasher could lead to full-blown conflict and disrupt vital humanitarian aid.
  • Urgent need for international community to address the crisis and stop the fighting to allow aid.