UN food agency temporarily suspends food assistance in some parts of Sudan

The United Nations food agency has temporarily suspended food assistance in some parts of Sudan’s al-Jazirah state where it was supporting more than 800,000 people, as fighting spreads south and east of the country’s capital, Khartoum.

About 300,000 people have fled the previously peaceful state in a matter of days since clashes erupted last week, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday.

This includes thousands of displaced people who have left Wad Madani, Sudan’s second-largest city and the capital of al-Jazirah state, in recent days as paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) advanced.

WFP representative and country director in Sudan, Eddie Rowe, said “A place of refuge has now become a battleground in a war that has already taken a horrific toll on civilians.”

Earlier this week, humanitarians reported that all fieldwork within al-Jazirah state had been put on hold until further notice due to the security situation.

WFP staff had regularly provided aid to more than 800,000 people in the state, including many who had escaped the fighting in Khartoum.

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