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 More than 800 people died in an attack in Sudan

Agence France-Presse Sudan has been plunged into chaos since mid-April, when latent tensions between the military leader, the General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the commander of the RSF, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, exploded into open war.

Fighters from a paramilitary force and their Arab militia allies rampaged through a town in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region, killing more than 800 people in an attack that lasted several days, said doctors and the United Nations (UN).

The attack on the town of Ardamata in West Darfur province earlier this month was the latest in a series of atrocities in Darfur that have marked the months-long war between the Sudanese army and paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Sudan has been plunged into chaos since mid-April, when simmering tensions between the military leader, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the commander of the RSF , General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, exploded into open war.


The war broke out 18 months after the two generals overthrew a transitional government in a military coup. The military takeover ended Sudan's fragile and short-lived transition to democracy, following a popular uprising that forced the overthrow of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

In recent weeks, the RSF has advanced in Darfur, taking control of entire towns in the sprawling region, despite the warring parties returning to the negotiating table in Saudi Arabia late last month. The first round of talks, hosted by the United States and Saudi Arabia, failed to establish a ceasefire.

The Ardamata attack, which lasted several days, came after the RSF took control of a military base in the town following brief fighting on November 4 with troops, said Salah Tour, head of the West Darfur Sudanese Doctors Union. He said the army had withdrawn from the base, adding that around two dozen wounded soldiers had fled to Chad, the country west of Sudan.

The spokespeople The army and RSF did not respond to requests for comment.

After seizing the military base, the RSF and their allied Arab militias ransacked the town, killing non-Arabs in their houses and burning shelters housing displaced people, Tour said.

“They violently attacked the town,” he said, adding that the RSF and their militias targeted the Masalit community.

“They went from house to house, killing and arresting the people. »

The Darfur Bar Association, a human rights group, accused RSF fighters of committing “all types of serious violations against defenseless civilians” in Ardamata. The organization cites a November 6 attack in which the RSF killed more than 50 people, including a tribal leader and his family.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said more than 800 people were killed and another 8,000 fled to Chad. The agency said, however, that the number of people who fled was probably underestimated, due to difficulties in registering new arrivals in Chad.

The agency said that around 100 shelters of the city were razed and significant looting took place, including humanitarian aid belonging to the agency.

The United States Department of State said it was “deeply troubled by eyewitness reports of serious human rights violations committed by the RSF and affiliated militias, including killings in Ardamata and ethnic attacks against leaders and members of the Masalit community.”

“These horrific actions once again highlight the abuses committed by the RSF during their military offensives,” he said in a statement.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116