US State Secretary speaks to Sudan Generals, calls for a ceasefire
18 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
According to the US State Department, Sudan general, US State Secretary Antony Blinken spoke with Sudanese Armed Forces Commander General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support F...
According to the US State Department, Sudan general, US State Secretary Antony Blinken spoke with Sudanese Armed Forces Commander General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Commander General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, calling for a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke separately today with General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces, and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces, and underscored the urgency of reaching a ceasefire to permit the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the fighting, the reunification of Sudanese families, and allow the international community in Khartoum to make sure its presence is secure,” said Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel in a statement on Monday (local time).
“The Secretary expressed his grave concern about the death and injury of so many Sudanese civilians due to the sustained, indiscriminate fighting, and stressed the responsibility of the two generals to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians, diplomatic personnel, and humanitarian workers,” it added.
According to The New York Times, the death toll from fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has risen to 180, with over 1,800 civilians and combatants injured.
According to the New York Times, the fighting has left many of Khartoum’s five million residents stranded at home without electricity or water as the Muslim holy month of Ramzan approaches, with many fasting daily from dawn to dusk.
Overburdened medical facilities have been targeted, including a major medical center northeast of Khartoum, which has been shelled, evacuated, and closed down. According to the New York Times, more than a dozen hospitals have closed.
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