Conflicts & War

19 health workers reportedly killed in Sudan since start of conflict

Khartoum, Jun 5 (EFE).- The Sudanese Doctors’ Union on Monday denounced the killing of 19 health workers in Sudan, since the deadly war began between Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in April.

The non-governmental medical body has released names of at least 19 doctors, health workers and medical students, who died in the ongoing conflict in various parts of Sudan since Apr. 15.

Most of them were killed in exchange of fire between the warring parties or mortar attacks either in their houses or on their way to work. Some dozen women were among those killed.

The Union said one of the victims, Bushra Ibn Auf, an internal and digestive consultant died after being fatally stabbed in front of his house.

The Union, which played an important role in protests that led to the overthrow of the government of Omar al Bashir in 2019, has members in all Sudanese cities.

The medical body periodically releases reports on the number of war casualties and situation of the health services.

The Union on Thursday said only 30 of the 89 public hospitals and health centers in capital Khartoum and other cities of Sudan were “fully or partially operational while some only provide first aid services.”

It said these open hospitals also faced a shortage of healthcare staff, medical supplies, water and electricity.

Since the beginning of the conflict on Apr.15, at least 850 people have been killed and 5,500 injured, according to the Sudanese health ministry.

More than 1.3 million people have been either internally displaced or were forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations. EFE


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