Over 136,000 flee fighting in Sudan’s Sennar State: UN

More than 136,000 people have fled Sudan’s Sennar state amid a series of clashes between by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and General al-Burhan’s militia (SAF), according to a UN report released on Wednesday.

This latest displacement adds to the more than 8 million people already uprooted since the conflict between the RSF and the Sudanese army began in April 2023.

Aid agencies are warning of an impending famine, particularly in RSF-controlled areas across Sudan.

The RSF initiated a campaign on June 24 to capture Sennar city, quickly shifting their focus to the smaller towns of Sinjah and Al-Dinder, prompting mass civilian evacuations to neighboring Al-Gedaref and Blue Nile states.

In Al-Gedaref, displaced individuals faced heavy rains while stranded in the state capital’s main market without tents or blankets, following the government’s clearance of schools previously used as displacement centers.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) noted that Al-Gedaref state already hosted over 285,000 people displaced from Khartoum and Al-Gezira states.

Additionally, at least 12 people were killed by artillery fire at a livestock market in Al Fasher on Wednesday, underscoring the urgent need for a ceasefire in the area.

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