Sudan: West Darfur Activists - '237 Patients Dead in RSF Attacks'

A child holds up bullets collected from the ground in Rounyn, a village about 15 kilometres from Shangel Tubaya, North Darfur.
12 February 2024

El Geneina — The El Geneina Resistance Committee in West Darfur corroborated alarming findings from an unpublished UN Security Council Panel of Experts report on Darfur, which has already been widely circulated. The report, confirmed by a statement on the committee's official Facebook page yesterday, details how assaults by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) resulted in the deaths of 237 patients. Among them, 37 women who died due to obstetric complications, along with 200 dialysis patients.

The committee assert that the RSF, alongside allied militias, targeted health facilities and hospitals in El Geneina, ransacking and destroying them, thereby debilitating the city's crucial health and treatment services.

Eyewitness testimonies further allege the execution of patients within clinics during the attacks.

In their statement, the resistance committee vehemently condemned the havoc and loss of life caused by the RSF, underscoring the dangerous impact on healthcare provision in the area.

Human Rights Watch states that the unpublished report names Abdelrahman Juma, the RSF West Darfur commander identified in the panel report, was confirmed to have been in El Geneina during the crucial period of abuses from April to June.

Juma was accused of being responsible for the killing of Khamees Abakar, Governor (Wali) of West Darfur. Video footage on social media shows Abakar being held by a group of men wearing RSF uniforms and entering an office. Later, Gen Abdelrahamn Juma was identified as the main person of the group.

The RSF have been invited to respond to these allegations.

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