Sudan’s RSF kills 100 in an attack on a village, activists claim

CAIRO/DUBAI, (Reuters) – The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group, attacked a village within the Gezira state on Wednesday and killed at least 100 residents, according to local activists.

If confirmed, this attack would be one of many attacks that RSF soldiers have carried out on villages in the state since it took over the capital Wad Madani last December.

A telecommunications outage prevented Reuters from immediately reaching residents or medics to confirm the death toll.

In a late-night statement posted on social media, the Wad Madani Resistance Committee pro-democracy said that Wad Alnoura had witnessed a genocide after RSF twice attacked the village and killed up to 100 residents.

Later, it said that the Sudanese Army had ignored a call for help and put the death toll in the hundreds.

RSF started fighting the army after a dispute over integration in April 2023. Since then, they have taken control of Khartoum’s capital and much of western Sudan. The RSF is now trying to advance further into the center, because the United Nations has warned that the Sudanese are “imminently at risk of famine”.

In a Wednesday statement, the RSF claimed that it had attacked military and militia bases in Wad Alnoura. However, they did not mention any civilian casualties.

The Wad Madani Resistance Committee, however, accused the government of looting and using heavy artillery to target civilians. They also claimed that women and children were forced into Managil, a nearby town, in order to find refuge.

It shared photos showing dozens of corpses wrapped up for burial on an open square surrounded by large crowds.

The committee stated that “the people of Wad Alnoura asked the army to save them but shamefully they did not respond.”

The army-aligned Transitional Sovereign Council has condemned the attack.

In a press release, it stated that “These criminal acts reflect the systematic behavior of these militias when they target civilians.”

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