World Health Organization: 330 killed, 3,200 injured in clashes in Sudan

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World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director Ahmed el-Mandhari reported that approximately 330 people have been killed and 3,200 injured so far in the ongoing clashes in Sudan

The clashes between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group called the Rapid Support Forces, which erupted last Saturday, continue from time to time, despite the declaration of a 24-hour ceasefire yesterday.

Mandhari said on Twitter today that according to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, 20 hospitals have been forced to close due to attacks or lack of resources and 8 health facilities are vulnerable due to staff shortages or lack of doctors and supplies.

The WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean urged all parties to declare a sustainable humanitarian ceasefire as soon as possible so that those caught in the middle of the fighting can seek refuge and civilians have access to food, water, medicine and essential supplies.

Stating that they are watching the ‘painful deterioration’ of the already very difficult humanitarian situation in Sudan, Madhari continued;

“The World Health Organization remains committed to its long-term partnership in Sudan and will continue to work to fulfill its mission there. But this can only be done in an environment that allows it to work unhindered and without exposing its staff to risk.”

Mandhari called for safe passage for health workers, patients and ambulances, underlining that evacuation of seriously injured people in Sudan is not a realistic option at this time.

The WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean added that the World Health Organization will reinforce its staff in Sudan and send more medical supplies as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.


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