Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Affairs, warned that Darfur (western Sudan) is rapidly heading towards a humanitarian catastrophe, and the world cannot allow this to happen again, while the United States condemned what it called the horrific violence in the region.
Griffiths added that reports of ethnic killings that claimed hundreds of lives in the besieged city of El Geneina alone – although unconfirmed – should spur the world to action.
And with the continuation of confrontations in several regions of Sudan, internal and external statements of condemnation continue for the assassination of the governor of West Darfur, Khamis Abkar.
Washington said the atrocities in Darfur were primarily attributable to the RSF and affiliated militias, yet both sides (the Sudanese army and RSF) were responsible for the abuses.
The US State Department condemned in the strongest terms what it described as the ongoing violations of human rights and horrific violence in Sudan, especially reports of widespread sexual violence and ethnic-based killings in West Darfur by the Rapid Support Forces and their allied militias.
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller expressed his country’s disappointment with the actions of the two parties to the conflict in Sudan, reiterating the call for an immediate ceasefire.
Miller called, during press statements in Washington, on both sides of the conflict to take advantage of the Jeddah talks to conduct direct dialogue, ruling out any military solution to this conflict.
The US State Department called on both sides to stop fighting in the region, control their forces, and hold accountable those responsible for violence and violations.
He refused the presidency of Kenya
On the other hand, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that the government had officially informed the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) of its rejection of Kenya’s presidency of the Sudan Crisis Committee as a non-neutral party.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry had previously had reservations about transferring the chairmanship of the committee to a country other than South Sudan.
In humanitarian terms, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that violent clashes in and around camps for the displaced in North Darfur have killed more than 100 people.
Grandi added – in a tweet on Twitter – that there are horrific reports of sexual violence against women and girls, warning of an exacerbation of what he called crimes unless the parties to the conflict agree to end the fighting that is destroying Sudan, as he put it.
In the latest field developments, the Al Jazeera correspondent on the Sudanese-Chadian border reported hearing explosions resulting from heavy shelling over the past hours in the city of El Geneina (the capital of West Darfur state) and its surroundings.
Al-Jazeera correspondent added that the battles between the tribal militants continue. Which leads many to flee to Adre in Chad.
And the reporter quoted – according to eyewitnesses – that El Geneina suffers from an acute shortage of drinking water and food, and that most of the residents are unable to flee from it.