At least 413 people have died and 3,551 have been injured in Sudan since the outbreak of the conflict between the army of that country and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (FAR), reported today a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization (WHO) at a press conference in Geneva.
The WHO already warned on Thursday, through the mouth of its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusthat several attacks have been reported on health facilities, some occupied by combatants, many of them lacking access to electricity, food, water and medical supplies.
At today’s press conference, the spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), James Elderalerted that Millions of Sudanese children are at risk from escalating conflictand nine of them have died in this week of hostilities, while more than fifty were injured.
“Sudan already had one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world, and now the conflict has disrupted aid to 50,000 children with this problem,” Elder warned.
Another UN agency, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), reported this week that among 10,000 and 20,000 peoplemostly women and children, have already fled the Sudanese region of Darfur to the neighbor Chada country that previously hosted some 400,000 refugees from Sudan.
The clashes broke out on Saturday amid talks on an army reform and the integration of the FAR into it, part of the political process to return Sudan to the democratic path after the 2021 coup.
The coup was perpetrated jointly by the head of the Sudanese army, Abdelfatah Al Burhan, and the leader of the paramilitary group, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterresdemanded this Thursday an immediate truce of at least three days in the African country.
(With information from EFE)
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