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US urges all armed forces to stop North Darfur attacks

By Reuters
April 25, 2024
Sudanese soldiers guard the surrounding area of the UNMIS compound in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of North Darfur. — AFP/File
Sudanese soldiers guard the surrounding area of the UNMIS compound in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of North Darfur. — AFP/File

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday called on all armed forces in Sudan to immediately cease attacks in al-Fashir, North Darfur, as Sudan’s army battles the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for control of the vast north African country.

In a statement, the U.S. State Department said it was “alarmed by indications of an imminent offensive” against the city by the RSF and its militias that would endanger civilians, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

It also said it was troubled by RSF’s reported razing of multiple villages west of al-Fashir as well as “indiscriminate” aerial bombing and humanitarian aid limits by Sudanese Armed Forces.

“The leaders of the SAF and RSF and their affiliated militias face a choice – escalate the violence and perpetuate the suffering of their people while risking the disintegration of their country, or cease attacks, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and prepare in good faith for negotiations to end this war and restore power to the people of Sudan,” department spokesman Matthew Miller wrote.