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UN: Conflict could force 800,000 people to flee Sudan

May 2, 2023 at 3:05 pm

The Somalis, who were evacuated due to the clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), in Sudan, reach Aden Adde Airport in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia on April 30, 2023 [Abukar Mohamed Muhudin – Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations warned yesterday that more than 800,000 people may flee Sudan due to armed clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, Anadolu news agency reported.

“UNHCR, with governments and partners, is preparing for the possibility that over 800,000 people may flee the fighting in Sudan for neighbouring countries,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Twitter.

He stressed that he did not wish matters and numbers to reach “this limit”, but said, “if the violence does not stop, we will see more people forced to flee Sudan for their own security.”

On Friday, the UN revealed that more than 50,000 people had fled Sudan, most were refugees from other countries, in search of safety, following the escalation of fighting that broke out in mid-April.

Those fleeing Sudan went to Egypt, Chad, the Republic of South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

The clashes have also caused the evacuation of foreign nationals from all parts of Sudan.

According to UN data, Sudan was hosting a record 1.3 million refugees.

Since 15 April, a number of Sudanese states have witnessed large-scale clashes between the army, led by Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the rival RSF, led by Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo.

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