Civilians Stuck in El Fasher as UN Sounds Alarm of Impending Attack

Escalating violence in Sudan’s North Darfur state has left dozens dead and people trapped in El Fasher city which is home to around 800,000 people, many displaced due to fighting. 

In a note to correspondents issued on Friday, the UN said there were “increasingly alarming reports of a dramatic escalation of tensions”.

“The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are reportedly encircling El Fasher, suggesting a coordinated move to attack the city may be imminent. Simultaneously, the Sudanese Armed Forces appear to be positioning themselves”, the statement added.

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An attack on the city would have devastating consequences for civilians, the statement from the UN Spokesperson’s Office continued.

This escalation of tensions is in an area already on the brink of famine. The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all Parties to refrain from fighting in the El Fasher area.”

Overall, around 25 million people, or half Sudan’s population, require humanitarian aid with over eight million forced to flee their homes. More than 14,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands wounded.

Around 1.8 million have fled across the country’s borders trying the escape the brutal fighting.

Dozens already killed

In a further alert on Friday over Darfur, UN rights chief Volker Türk cited reports that the rival militaries have launched indiscriminate attacks using “mortar shells and rockets fired from fighter jets, in residential districts”.

Since the RSF began their push into the state capital El-Fasher, at least 43 people have been reportedly killed, including women and children.

Civilians are trapped in the city, the only one in Darfur still in the hands of the Sudanese Armed Forces” and they are afraid of being killed if they attempt to flee, the High Commissioner said.

Mr. Türk noted that the dire situation had been made worse by a severe shortage of essential supplies, as delivery trucks “are unable to freely transit through Rapid Support Forces-controlled territory”.

He added that the RSF had burned down villages in western El-Fasher, including Durma, Umoshosh, Sarafaya and Ozbani, raising the possibility of “further ethnically motivated violence in Darfur, including mass killings”.

Last year, fighting and attacks between the ethnic Arab Rizeigat tribe and the ethnic African Masalit people in West Darfur left hundreds of civilians dead or injured and thousands displaced, the High Commissioner noted, as he called for an end to the more than year-long conflict.


‘Wholly man-made crisis’

The UN’s head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council last week that the situation across Sudan is “a crisis of epic proportions; it is wholly man-made.”

The Director of Operations at the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), Edem Wosornu warned the same meeting that the siege by the RSF of El Fasher posed an extreme and immediate danger to civilians there and in other parts of Darfur, where more than nine million are in dire need of assistance.



  1. It is heartbreaking to hear about the escalating violence in El Fasher. The civilians trapped there are facing unimaginable horrors. The UN’s warning of an imminent attack is deeply concerning. We must all come together to ensure the safety and protection of these vulnerable people.

  2. Could the UN provide more information on the current situation in El Fasher and the efforts being made to protect the civilians trapped in the city?

    1. As tensions rise in El Fasher, the UN’s note to correspondents highlights the alarming reports of encircling forces and the potential imminent attack on the city. The devastating consequences for civilians are clear, and urgent efforts to protect the trapped population are vital in this critical situation.

  3. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the escalating violence in Sudan. The civilians in El Fasher are facing a dire situation, and it’s crucial for the international community to intervene and prevent a potential attack on the city. We must prioritize the safety and well-being of the innocent people trapped in this conflict zone.

  4. As a humanitarian worker familiar with conflict zones, I am deeply concerned about the escalating violence in North Darfur. It’s heartbreaking to hear that civilians in El Fasher are trapped and facing the threat of an imminent attack. The international community must act swiftly to protect these vulnerable populations and prevent further loss of life.

  5. It is deeply concerning to see the escalating violence in Sudan’s North Darfur state, leaving civilians trapped in El Fasher. The reports of a potential attack on the city are alarming, and it’s crucial for all parties to prioritize the safety and well-being of the people in the region.

  6. It is truly heartbreaking to see the escalating violence in Sudan’s North Darfur state. Civilians stuck in El Fasher are facing imminent danger as the UN sounds the alarm of an impending attack. The international community must act swiftly to protect innocent lives and prevent further devastation in the region.

  7. As a humanitarian worker, it is heart-wrenching to see the escalating violence in Sudan. The civilians trapped in El Fasher are facing unimaginable horrors, and the impending attack is nothing short of a catastrophe. It is crucial that immediate action is taken to protect the innocent lives at stake.

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