Hospital in El Fasher Suspended After Violent Attack by RSF Forces

EL Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, has been left reeling after a violent attack on its hospital led to the suspension of its operations. The assailants, identified as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), reportedly targeted patients, staff, and visitors while ransacking the facility for money, mobile phones, and even an ambulance. Fortunately, the attack was thwarted by the army and allied armed groups following a fierce confrontation. As a result, the hospital is now inoperable, with patients and staff being evacuated to safer locations.

The incident at the hospital, managed jointly by Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the Ministry of Health, highlights the ongoing turmoil in El Fasher. This attack comes amid a wave of violence that has engulfed the city, with clashes between the army, allied armed groups, and the RSF leading to numerous casualties and widespread displacement. The RSF’s aggressive tactics have left a trail of destruction in their wake, raising concerns about the safety and well-being of civilians caught in the crossfire.

Despite the chaos, efforts to provide medical care to the injured have not ceased. The hospital in El Fasher, one of only two facilities with surgical capabilities in the area, played a crucial role in treating victims of the conflict. In the weeks leading up to the attack, over 1,300 individuals received medical attention at the hospital, underscoring the urgent need for such critical services in a region plagued by violence and instability.

MSF, which has been on the frontlines of delivering healthcare in El Fasher, has faced numerous challenges in ensuring the safety of its staff and patients. The organization’s emergency manager, Michel Lacharite, condemned the attack on the hospital as a blatant violation of humanitarian principles, emphasizing the need for greater protection for healthcare facilities in conflict zones. The brazen assault on the hospital underscores the grave risks faced by healthcare workers and patients in regions torn apart by war and political unrest.

As the situation in El Fasher remains volatile, humanitarian organizations like MSF continue to struggle to meet the growing needs of the population. The attack on the hospital serves as a grim reminder of the perils faced by civilians and aid workers in conflict-ridden areas, where even the sanctity of healthcare facilities is not guaranteed. Despite the challenges, the resilience of healthcare providers and their unwavering commitment to saving lives offer a glimmer of hope amid the chaos and devastation gripping El Fasher.