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Sudan. Attack on Red Cross convoy, two fatalities

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On Sunday, in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, there was an attack on a humanitarian convoy of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Two people died and seven were injured.

“The humanitarian convoy, consisting of three ICRC vehicles and three buses, all clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem, was about to evacuate over one hundred civilians from Khartoum to Wad Madani when it was attacked upon arrival in the evacuation area,” the organization said in a statement.

The Red Cross described the attack as “deliberate” but did not indicate who may have been behind it.

Clashes in Khartoum, photo from April 2023 Omer Erdem/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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Sudan’s army said the convoy came under fire after it violated the agreement by approaching its defensive positions using a car “belonging to the rebels.” This name is used by the army to describe the formations of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

In a statement, RSF accused government troops of carrying out Sunday’s attack.

Civil War

IN Sudan Fighting between the army and RSF formations has been going on since April 14. The two forces staged a coup together in 2021. The current civil war was sparked by a plan to incorporate the RSF into the regular army.

Hundreds of people died as a result of the armed conflict and almost 1.4 million Sudanese were forced to flee their homes.

Khartoum, Sudan, May 2023PAP/Abaca

Main photo source: Omer Erdem/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images



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