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Toll from clashes in Sudan’s El-Fasher now no less than 134: MSF

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At least 134 individuals have died at a single hospital within the Darfur metropolis of El-Fasher in western Sudan, Doctors with out Borders mentioned on Sunday, together with one MSF crew member.

War has raged for greater than a yr between the common army below Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces led by his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

El-Fasher in North Darfur is the one state capital within the huge western area not below RSF management, and is a key humanitarian hub for a area on the point of famine.

It has seen sporadic clashes for the reason that battle broke out, however fierce preventing reignited on May 10 in what UN chief Antonio Guterres has referred to as “an alarming new chapter” within the battle.

MSF mentioned certainly one of its pharmacy watchmen was killed on Saturday “when shelling hit his house”. He was taken to Southern Hospital, North Darfur state’s solely remaining hospital, the place he died.

At that hospital alone, the place a crew supported by MSF has handled 979 casualties simply over two weeks, “the death toll has reached 134 — a sign of the violent intensity of the fighting”, an announcement from the medical charity mentioned.

However, the true toll might be a lot greater, with many residents not leaving their houses due to the preventing, even for emergency medical care.

Shelling and gunfire has unfold throughout El-Fasher, and the military which controls the skies has additionally pounded it with air strikes.

According to the UN, provides at El-Fasher’s Southern Hospital will final barely per week.

Aid teams have repeatedly pleaded for secure entry into the town to permit them to replenish depleted shares and help exhausted medical groups.

But an efficient siege continues, with the UN reporting key roads “either blocked, subject to significant barriers to movement or unsafe”.

Across Sudan, humanitarian employees have been repeatedly focused, harassed and killed by each side.

On Friday, a Sudanese Red Crescent volunteer was killed “while on duty by a gunshot in North Kordofan”, the International Committee of the Red Cross mentioned.

Since the battle started in April final yr, tens of 1000’s of individuals have been killed, together with as much as 15,000 in a single West Darfur city, UN consultants say.

Nearly 9 million individuals have been compelled from their houses.

By the top of April, North Darfur alone hosted greater than half 1,000,000 individuals displaced over the previous yr, based on the most recent UN figures.

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