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More than 3 million people displaced by Sudan crisis, UN says – SUCH TV


A raging conflict in Sudan has driven more than 3.1 million people from their homes, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

More than 2.4 million people have been displaced internally and more than 730,000 have fled to neighboring countries, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimated.

Most have fled from the capital Khartoum, the focus of a power struggle between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

IOM said more than 72% of those displaced were from Khartoum and around 9% were from West Darfur province.

Sudan has plunged into chaos since mid-April, which turned the capital and other urban areas into battlefields.

Of those leaving Sudan, the majority have traveled north into Egypt or west into Chad, with a large number also crossing into South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Egypt is hosting the largest number of those who fled — more than 255,500 people, followed by Chad with over 238,000 and South Sudan with around 160,800, the IOM said.

More than 62,000 people fled to Ethiopia, more than 16,700 to the Central African Republic and around 3,000 to Libya, it added.

According to international media reports, residents reported the sound of fighter jets and artillery shelling in Omdurman and Bahri, parts of the wider capital, on Wednesday.

Fighting has also been reported in recent days between the army and powerful rebel factions in South Kordofan State and in Blue Nile State.

 

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