Reports of fighting despite Sudan ceasefire hopes; at least 413 dead
At least 413 people have been killed and more than 3.500 people have been injured in the fighting in Sudan, according to the country’s health ministry. The update came during a World Health Organization press conference on Friday.
WHO has urged all parties to work toward peace while protecting access to increasingly endangered health care and humanitarian aid, even as hopes faded for a ceasefire during the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr. There were reports of continued fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) aligned with the interim government and the Rapid Support Forces (RAF).
The SAF is led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, whose controversial military rule followed the 2021 removal of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Hamdok had been part of a transitional government since the arrest of former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, leads the RAF and served alongside Burhan in the transitional government.
The fighting in Sudan started in Khartoum last Saturday and quickly spread across the city into the South Kordofan region and other parts of the country. At least three aid workers with the World Food Program were killed in the Darfur region as the fighting escalated.
Both the African Union and the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) body issued statements urging a ceasefire and a diplomatic resolution. IGAD said it was sending the leaders of South Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya to facilitate a return to negotiations.