A report issued by the United Nations stated that between 10,000 and 15,000 people were killed in the Sudanese city of El Geneina in western… Darfur Last year, as a result of ethnic violence carried out by it Rapid Support Forces And militias allied with it, according to the UN report.
The report, issued by independent United Nations observers and presented to the UN Security Council, stated that between April and June of last year, the city of El Geneina witnessed “intense acts of violence.”
In their report, the independent observers accused the Rapid Support Forces and allied militias of targeting the African Masalit ethnic tribe in attacks that “may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” according to the report.
The report attributed the number of deaths that it said occurred in El Geneina last year to intelligence sources, and compared it with United Nations estimates that about 12,000 people were killed in various parts of Sudan, since the outbreak of war on April 15, 2023 between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces. .
The observers said in their annual report to the 15-member Security Council that the aforementioned killings were planned and carried out in coordination between the Rapid Support Forces and Arab militias allied with them.
Atrocities and ethnic cleansing
They pointed out that about 12,000 people fled from El Geneina on foot to Adre, Chad, between June 14 and 17, and that the Masalit tribe constituted the majority of the population in El Geneina, until its members were forced into mass displacement due to Rapid Support attacks.
The report also stated: “Upon arrival at the checkpoints of the Rapid Support Forces, men and women are separated and subjected to harassment, searches, robbery, and physical assault. The Rapid Support Forces and their allied militias randomly shot hundreds of people in the legs to prevent them from escaping.”
The report indicated that the Rapid Support Forces were targeting young men in particular, interrogating them, and executing them if they were found to be from the Masalit tribe after summary procedures, often with a bullet to the head.
He stated that displaced women were subjected to physical and sexual assault, and indiscriminate shooting led to the injury and killing of many women and children.
The United Nations observers said that “many bodies were lying along the road, including the bodies of women, children and young men,” and stated that the Rapid Support Forces had committed widespread violations and sexual violence against the city's residents.
The Rapid Support Forces previously denied these accusations, and said that any of its soldiers found involved in these actions would face justice.
United Nations estimates indicate that about 500,000 people have fled from Sudan to eastern Chad, due to the raging fighting in many cities in the country between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.