UN warns of 'full-scale civil war' in Sudan

World Tuesday 11/July/2023 07:37 AM
UN warns of 'full-scale civil war' in Sudan

New York: The United Nations has warned that Sudan could be on the verge of an all-out war after a weekend airstrike killed dozens in a residential area in the Sudanese city of Omdurman, CNN reported.

At least 22 people were killed and many injured in a shelling attack early on Saturday, the country's health ministry said, as months of infighting between Sudan's rival military forces continue to rage on across the country. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the weekend bombing was an indication that Sudan was now on "the brink of a full-scale civil war."

"The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned that the ongoing war between the armed forces has pushed Sudan to the brink of a full-scale civil war, potentially destabilising the entire region," said a statement from Guterres' office condemning the airstrike, CNN reported.

"He is appalled by reports of large-scale violence and casualties across Darfur," the statement further said while expressing concerns about renewed clashes in some of Sudan's worst-hit states that have seen large displacement of civilians.

"There is an utter disregard for humanitarian and human rights law that is dangerous and disturbing," the statement added.

The UN Secretary-General urged the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the two warring factions fighting for control in Sudan to end hostilities.

The RSF blamed the SAF for Saturday's airstrike, describing it as "the most severe aircraft bombing ... on innocent citizens."

Fierce fighting erupted between the rival groups in Sudan in April, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

Data from the United Nations International Organization for Migration, (IOM) said nearly 2.8 million people have fled Sudan, many without passports, for neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia and Libya.