Sudan: the Town of El-Geneina is the Scene of Intercommunal Clashes

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In Sudan, El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, the violence on Monday and Tuesday left 74 civilians dead, according to the Sudanese Doctors’ Union.

The UN human rights office has announced a provisional death toll of 96 people and dozens of wounded.

The city of 170,000 has been witnessing heavy fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces since the beginning of the week.

Heavy weapons quickly turned El-Geneina, which is home to more than 40 tribes and ethnic groups, into a site of inter-communal and tribal clashes.

indeed, houses, banks, the UN office in the town, and several other public services were ransacked by local Arab militias armed and logistically assisted by Hemedti, who is taking over from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF),

These local militias also burned down the main market and refugee shelters, extorted money from several civilians, and killed a doctor and a police office manager.

As part of the chaos in the town of El-Geneina, residents used a police weapons depot to confront the attackers.

Photos of women carrying Kalashnikovs in El-Geneina are circulating on social networks.

As the fighting continues, dozens of wounded have no access to treatment, as hospitals are no longer functioning.

The situation in Sudan is critical and puts the country in real danger of civil war if the fighting between the regular army and the paramilitary continues.

Jihan Rmili

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