Thousands flee Sudan to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad

Chad’s communications minister and government spokesperson Aziz Mahamat Saleh told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that between 10,000 and 20,000 people had been welcomed in, mainly in the Assoungha department in Ouaddai province. “Every day people are pouring in and a humanitarian corridor is open,” he said.
The army said on Friday evening it agreed to a three-day truce to enable people to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr but the 72-hour truce has fallen through in Sudan as clashes continue, a local doctors’ association announced.
The United Nations said more than 400 people have been killed and more than 3,500 injured in the fighting.
Thousands of people are fleeing Khartoum and the western region of Darfur to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad.
Widespread food, water and electricity shortages continue.
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors and Sudan’s Doctors Union estimated that nearly 70 percent, or 39 out of 59 hospitals, in Khartoum and nearby states have closed.

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