Head of European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Agency in Sudan Suffers Injury, Confirms EC

The European Commission has confirmed that the head of the European Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid in Sudan, Wim Fransen, was wounded during fighting in Khartoum between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.

This was reported by The New York Times on Tuesday.

A UNHCR spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that this unfortunate incident took place without providing further details about the condition and whereabouts of the (Belgian) official, while The New York Times reported that his condition was serious, but not life-threatening.

The spokeswoman explained that security arrangements for field personnel in Sudan are being evaluated at this stage and that no EU representatives have been evacuated at this time.

The commission confirmed that the residence of European Union representative in Khartoum Aidan O’Hare was attacked on Monday but was safe and continued to function.

Violent clashes and mutual accusations are taking place in Sudan between the Rapid Support Forces, led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, and the Sudanese army forces, led by Abdel Fattah al-Buran.

Source: Italian agency Aki.

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