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UN Urges Immediate Ceasefire in Sudan

Wed 15 May 2024 | 12:59 PM
Israa Farhan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed grave concern about the ongoing battles in the Sudanese city of El Fasher between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in recent days.

He appealed to the warring parties to immediately cease fire in Sudan and allow civilians to seek refuge in safe areas.

Farhan Haq, spokesperson for Guterres, stated that Guterres is deeply concerned about reports of heavy weapons being used in densely populated areas, resulting in dozens of casualties, massive displacement, and destruction of civilian infrastructure.

He added that Guterres is particularly concerned about the fate of the residents of the capital of North Darfur State (El Fasher), who face the risk of famine.

According to the statement, the Secretary-General reiterated the call for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan and the unhindered access of humanitarian aid.

He appealed to the conflict parties to allow civilians to seek refuge in safer areas.

Two days ago, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Clémentine Nkweta-Salami, expressed concern about reports of heavy weapons being used in the fighting in El Fasher.

El Fasher has witnessed clashes between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces for weeks.

Meanwhile, the EU's Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell, and Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarčič, said in a joint statement that the intensification of fighting in El Fasher exacerbates the humanitarian situation.

The European official called on the conflicting parties in Sudan to immediately allow the delivery of aid to El Fasher without hindrance.