Escalation of internal conflict in Sudan displaces thousands of civilians

The United Nations said on Monday that thousands of people are fleeing Sudan for Chad, Egypt and South Sudan because of the April 15 conflict between the country’s army and a paramilitary group, Telesur reported.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Sudan noted that there have been “movements of civilians in the states of Khartoum, North, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, North Darfur, West Darfur and South Darfur.”

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) clarified that at least 238 South Sudanese returned to their country via Renk, while noting that “there are unconfirmed reports of cross-border movements through the Northern State towards Egypt.”

At the same time, UNHCR Representative in Chad, Laura Lo Castro, indicated that between 10,000 and 20,000 Sudanese refugees had arrived in Chad since the outbreak of hostilities.

For its part, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said more than 1,000 European citizens were evacuated from Sudan in an operation launched over the weekend by several bloc countries.

In this sense, Borrell stated that “it was a long and busy weekend trying to get our people out of Sudan. It was a difficult operation, it was a successful operation.

In turn, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) announced the evacuation of more than 270 Palestinians from Sudan, specifying that the first group of 70 people was transferred from Khartoum to Port Sudan.

The Arab authorities emphasized that this was made possible thanks to “the intensive efforts of the ministry in full cooperation with the military intelligence and the General Intelligence Service, as well as with our embassies in Khartoum, Riyadh, Cairo and Amman.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that since the outbreak of hostilities in Sudan, more than 420 people have died and more than 3,700 have been injured.

At the front, the main fighting took place in Omdurman, a city separated from that capital by the Nile River, and in the western region of Darfur, according to media reports citing eyewitnesses.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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