Conflicts & War

Civilian death toll nears 1,000 in Sudan conflict

Khartoum, June 14 (EFE).- The civilian death toll due to the Sudan conflict raging for the last nearly two months is nearing 1,000, a group of Sudanese medics said Wednesday.

The doctors union said at least 958 civilians have died in the violent power struggle between the regular army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The union indicated that the toll does not include “a large number of victims” in the west of Sudan

The group, which has a network of volunteers in the Sudanese medical facilities, said more than 4,746 civilians have suffered injuries since the conflict began on April 15.

However, the medics warned that the figures could be lower than the actual number since “many deaths and injuries” in Khartoum and other areas are not included.

The doctors said many injured were unable to reach hospitals since the movement was restricted due to the violence.

The statement further stated a large number of civilians, including children, women, and the elderly, died in the city of Al Geneina in West Darfur amid a “catastrophic”

The West Darfur victims are also not included in the count as the city “is under siege, all its hospitals are out of service, and communications snapped,” said the union.

The association played an important role in the popular protests before the ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Its volunteers provide periodic reports on the number of victims due to the fighting or the situation of health centers.

The doctors have repeatedly warned that at least 60 percent of public hospitals in Khartoum and the Sudanese provinces are out of service.

Several hospitals that are fully or partially operational only provide first aid.

The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated on Tuesday that at least 866 people have been killed and another 6,083 injured since the start of the fighting.

The data provided by the Sudanese Ministry of Health is up to date as of June 6.

According to UN agencies, the Sudan conflict has caused the internal and external displacement of more than 1.4 million people.

Moreover, there are 3.7 million internally displaced mainly in Darfur. EFE


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