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Massacre in Central Sudan Leaves 150 Feared Dead, Govt Blames RSF Forces

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NAIROBI — At least 150 people are feared dead following a massacre in a village in central Sudan, an attack attributed to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the paramilitary group currently engaged in a prolonged conflict with the national army.

The RSF and the Sudanese military have been locked in a brutal struggle for control of the country for over 13 months. The RSF has not responded to the latest accusations but boasted on Thursday of having attacked two army positions.

Footage circulating on social media after Wednesday’s assault shows dozens of bodies wrapped in white shrouds, prepared for burial in Wad al-Nourah, located in Gezira state. The video was reportedly filmed by activists from a neighborhood resistance committee, part of a nationwide network advocating for a return to civilian rule.

The Madani Resistance Committee has stated it is “waiting for a confirmed toll of the dead and injured.”

The details surrounding the massacre remain murky. Reports suggest the village was targeted twice by RSF fighters on Wednesday.

Hafiz Mohamad, a representative from the human rights group Justice Africa Sudan, told BBC that numerous individuals remain unaccounted for.

“It is difficult to count all the dead,” Mohamad said, “because RSF elements are still around the area looting.”

Sudan’s military government has called for international condemnation of the Wad al-Nourah attack.

The RSF seized control of Gezira state, located south of the capital Khartoum, in December. The group has faced numerous allegations of abuses against civilians, which it consistently denies.

Meanwhile, intense clashes between the RSF and the military continue in El Fasher, a city in Darfur in western Sudan.

Nationwide, the conflict, which erupted in April 2023, has resulted in an estimated 15,000 deaths.

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