UN chief denounces air strike that killed at least 22 people in Sudan

UN chief denounces air strike that killed at least 22 people in Sudan

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the air strike that reportedly killed at least 22 people in Sudan on Saturday.

According to a statement released on Sunday, the secretary general expressed outrage by reports of widespread violence and casualties in Sudan’s Darfur region.

“He is also concerned about reports of renewed fighting in North Kordofan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile States. There is an utter disregard for humanitarian and human rights law that is dangerous and disturbing,” according to the statement released by Farhan Haq, his deputy spokesperson.

Sudan’s army killed at least 22 people and injured several others in an airstrike in western Omdurman city on Saturday, according to the Khartoum state health ministry, as the country’s military conflict entered its 12th week.

Guterres renewed his appeal to the Sudanese Armed Forces and their rival Rapid Support Forces, RSF to cease fighting and commit to a long-term cease-fire.

Tensions between the Sudanese Army and RSF had grown in the months leading up to the war over the chain of command and integration of their forces under a new transition to democracy.

According to the federal health ministry, at least 1,133 people have been killed in the conflict, which has erupted in the capital as well as the Kordofan and Darfur areas, igniting ethnic unrest in West Darfur state.

More than 2.9 million people have been displaced, with roughly 700,000 fleeing to neighboring nations since the conflict started.


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