Sudanese army accused of bombing hospitals, civilians in North Darfur

In a continuation of violent attacks against civilians, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and “extremist militias linked to the former regime” have reportedly bombed several hospitals and residential areas North Darfur’s Kabkabiya, Kutum, and Um Saila, Rapid Support Forces announced on Wednesday.

RSF said the aerial bombardments resulted in numerous casualties, including women and children, with dozens more dead or injured.

Rescue operations are currently in progress to assist those affected.

The destruction of medical facilities by SAF in Kutum and Kabkabiya, along with the earlier attack on Babiker Nahar Hospital for Children, highlights a disturbing pattern of violence and terror under the leadership of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his affiliates from the National Congress Party, RSF said.

“Despite our consistent condemnation of the targeting of innocent civilians by the SAF and its terror-driven patrons from the former regime, practical steps to halt these violations have been lacking.”

“The silence of human rights organizations has emboldened this terrorist gang to continue their defiance of international conventions that criminalize the intentional destruction of civilian infrastructure, particularly hospitals,” RSF said.

The “chaotic actions” of the SAF under Al-Burhan, coupled with allied mercenaries and terrorists utilizing Port Sudan as a strategic hub for warfare, demand swift and sophisticated measures, RSF said.

“We must eliminate this threat and liberate our people from these murderers once and for all,” the group added.

Sudan has been mired by fighting between the army, led by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the head of the ruling Sovereign Council, and the RSF.

At least 13,900 people have been killed and more than eight million displaced in the conflict that started in April 2023, according to UN figures.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi Arabia and US mediators have failed to end the violence.

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