Sudan humanitarian crisis turning into 'full blown catastrophe': UN official

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Sudan warned on Monday that the humanitarian crisis in the country was turning into a "full blown catastrophe" and that the risk of spillover into neighbouring countries was worrisome.

"It has been more than two weeks of devastating fighting in Sudan, a conflict that is turning Sudan humanitarian crisis into a full blown catastrophe," Abdou Dieng, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, told a briefing of member states via video link.

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Dieng added that civilians were taking refuge in parts of Sudan less affected by fighting or fleeing to neighbouring countries. "The regional spillover effect of the crisis is a serious concern," he said.

Earlier on Monday, fighting could be heard in Khartoum despite a supposed ceasefire extension and the United Nations warned of a humanitarian "breaking point" as clashes between rival military forces entered a third week.

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands wounded since long-simmering tension between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted into conflict on April 15.


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