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RSF paramilitary seize city Wad Madani

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have seized Wad Madani, the city has been housing hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled the country's capital Khartoum due to conflict between the state forces and the RSF paramilitary. 

After three days of intense fighting, the RSF advanced and captured the capital of el-Gezira state. Thousands of people have fled the city, heading towards the south. 

During the RSF advance, army intelligence units were reportedly arresting civilians, specifically individuals from Darfur, based on their ethnicity. Many people who were arrested had been living and working in the region as agricultural workers for decades.  

Aid organizations operating in Wad Madani were reported to have stopped their essential work upon the RSF advance. The UN has stated that nearly half of the Sudanese population is facing hunger, around 18 million require urgent humanitarian food assistance. 

Both the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF have been accused of committing war crimes including the mass rapes of women and girls. Since the conflict began in April of this year 10,000 people have been killed, and 6 million have become internally displaced.

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