The U.N. Human Rights chief Volker Turk has expressed horror at the escalating violence situation in Sudan’s El Fasher in Darfur where hostilities between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces are severely impacting civilians.


The spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ravina Shamdasani, said at least 58 civilians are reported to have been killed and 213 others injured in El Fasher since fighting dramatically escalated last week.


Shamdasani said Turk had held phone conversations with both sides and had urged them to put aside entrenched positions and take specific, concrete steps to cease hostilities and to ensure the effective protection of civilians.



Sudan plunged into conflict in mid-April 2023, when long-simmering tensions between its military led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces commanded by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, broke out into street battles in the capital, Khartoum.

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