February 28, 2024

The United States Expresses Deep Concern Over Escalation of Violence in Sudan

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.,Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo
President Joseph R. Biden Jr.,Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo

The United States government on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the escalating violence in Sudan, particularly in the regions of Nyala, South Darfur, and Karari, Omdurman.

In a statement, the State Department said that credible reports have emerged indicating that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has intensified shelling in these areas, further exacerbating the hardships endured by the Sudanese people.

Of immediate concern is the situation unfolding within the city of Nyala, where reports suggest that the RSF and Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) are engaged in combat. It is feared that the RSF may have encircled the city, potentially depriving civilians of the means to escape to safety. Additionally, disturbing reports indicate that the RSF has shelled and blocked access to the Hasahisa Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Central Darfur.

In response to these distressing developments, the United States is calling on the RSF to immediately cease shelling in civilian neighborhoods and to take immediate steps to protect the lives of civilians residing in Nyala, Omdurman, and across Sudan.

The ongoing conflict, which has persisted for over six months, has taken a severe toll on the Sudanese population. It has resulted in the loss of innocent civilian lives, forced the displacement of millions, and inflicted immense suffering that is poised to affect generations of Sudanese citizens. Regrettably, women and children have borne the brunt of this conflict.

The United States said that it continues to strongly emphasize that there is no acceptable military solution to this crisis. A so-called “victory” by either side would exact an unbearable toll on the Sudanese people and their nation.

“The United States calls on the RSF to immediately cease shelling of civilian neighborhoods and to protect civilians in Nyala, Omdurman, and throughout Sudan,” said State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Miller wrote, “This reckless war, which began more than six months ago, has resulted in civilian deaths, the displacement of millions, and immense suffering that will affect generations of Sudanese.  Women and children are bearing the intolerable brunt of this conflict.  There is no acceptable military solution to this conflict – “victory” by either side would exact an intolerable toll on the Sudanese people and their nation.  The United States reiterates its call for the RSF and SAF to immediately stop the fighting and return to talks toward a negotiated exit from this conflict.

“The United States reminds the RSF and SAF of their commitments under the May 11 Jeddah Declaration of Principles to Protect the Civilians of Sudan, including by allowing unhindered humanitarian access, protecting civilians and their human rights, and upholding international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  It is time for this conflict and the suffering of the Sudanese people to end.”

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