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UN alarmed after attack on hospital in Sudan

United Nations, 10 Jun (Prensa Latina) The increase in violence and attacks on medical facilities in Sudan is alarming, the UN warned today after the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacked a major hospital in Darfur.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was the only facility with surgical capacity in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.

“The closure of the hospital after the attack has forced the other two hospitals there beyond capacity, further limiting access to life-saving services,” the health agency added.

The facility was closed after Rapid Support Forces (RSF) soldiers entered the building and opened fire.

According to reports from the NGO Doctors Without Borders, several armed troops also stole equipment and an ambulance.

Earlier, UN human rights chief Volker Türk condemned the attacks on health facilities, warning of the use of weapons with wide-ranging effects, including artillery shells, during the RSF attacks.

The statement condemned another attack on a health facility in Wad Al-Nura in Al-Jazirah state, south of Khartoum, which resulted in the death of a nurse.

The Human Rights Office described the impact of the clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF in El Fasher, in the far west of the country, as deeply devastating.