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UN Chief Antonio Guterres To Send Envoy To Sudan As Fighting Continues

UN Chief Antonio Guterres To Send Envoy To Sudan As Fighting Continues

United Nations secretary General Antonio Guterres is to send an envoy to Sudan amidst the unprecedented situation in the conflict torn country,his spokesman said on Sunday.

UN emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths is to serve as the envoy. The UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the envoy would travel to the region immediately.

“ The scale and speed of what is unfolding is unprecedented in Sudan ,” Dujarric said in a statement adding that the UN was extremely concerned.

Griffiths said that Sudan’s humanitarian situation was reaching a breaking point and that the massive looting in humanitarian offices and warehouses depleted most of the UN’s supplies and that the UN was exploring ways to bring in and distribute supplies.

He added that five containers of intravenous fluids and other emergency supplies were docked in port Sudan are still awaiting for clearance by the authorities.

However the envoy pointed out that families were struggling to have access to water, food, fuel and other basic commodities with some unable to relocate due to the cost of transportation out of the worst hit areas.

Earlier the UN secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that Sudan was collapsing and there was no right to go fighting for power.

“ There is no right to go on fighting for power when the country is falling apart ,” Guterres told AFP media.

Fighting in Sudan rages on despite the raging factions-the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces announcing the extension of ceasefire for further 72 hours.

On Sunday a Red Cross aircraft laden with humanitarian aid landed in Sudan and according to the International committee of the Red Cross,eight tonnes of humanitarian cargo included surgical materials to support Sudanese hospitals and volunteers from the Sudanese Red Cross crescent society.

So far close to 500 people have been killed and tens of thousand of people forced to leave their homes for safer locations within Sudan and abroad since the fighting began in April.

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