The following statement was released by UNHCR in response to the ongoing clashes in Sudan.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, joins the UN Secretary-General in expressing alarm over the ongoing armed clashes in Sudan. UNHCR is deeply concerned about the safety and security of civilians in the areas affected by the fighting, including refugees and internally displaced people. They echo his calls for a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
This escalation in violence will only hinder the humanitarian response to those in need across the country and delay stability and solutions for millions of displaced in the region.
A de-escalation of the situation is urgently needed.
Following the tragic loss of three World Food Programme personnel as a result of the renewed fighting, UNHCR expresses its deepest sympathy to their families and loved ones.
We call for all parties to protect civilians, including refugees and displaced people, and to respect the safety of humanitarian staff so that critical aid can be delivered.
UNHCR has not yet received reports of movement of refugees to neighbouring countries as a result of the recent events. However, UNHCR remain ready to respond and support in Sudan and the region as needed.