United Nations Concerned as Sudan Conflict Displaces 700,000

Sudan Conflict Displaces 700,000 - UN (News Central TV)

The United Nations said on Tuesday that since the middle of April, intense fighting in Sudan has forced 700,000 people from their homes, and that number has doubled in the past week.

“There are now more than 700,000 internally displaced by the fighting which began on April 15,” Paul Dillon, spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration [IOM] said. “Last Tuesday, the figure stood at 340,000,” he added.

According to Dillon, 3.7 million people were listed as internally displaced in Sudan even before the violence started.

Since the start of the crisis, an additional 150,000 individuals have left the nation, according to statistics made public by the U.N. refugee agency on Monday.

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The latest truce talks in Saudi Arabia yielded no progress, with a Saudi diplomat saying both sides consider themselves “capable of winning the battle.”

“Many IDPs are sheltering with relatives, while others are gathering in schools, mosques and public buildings,” said Dillon.

He said IOM was “conscious of the enormous pressures” placed on host communities “already suffering from the effects of more than three weeks of fighting.”

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