Hospitals in Sudan are being targeted with military strikes by both the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to eyewitness accounts to CNN and two doctors’ organizations, leaving medical personnel unable to reach the wounded and unable to bury the dead.
“From 9 am Saturday when the fighting started, we were being targeted,” one doctor at a Khartoum hospital – whom CNN is not naming for security reasons – said. “A direct strike hit the maternity ward. We could hear heavy weaponry and lay on the floor, along with our patients. The hospital itself was under attack.”
CNN has reached out to the Sudanese military and the RSF for comment.
Another doctor at the same al-Moallem Hospital told CNN that hospital staff stayed on site under bombardment from the RSF for two days, before being evacuated by the Sudanese military.
“We were living in a real battle,” the second doctor said. “Can you believe that we left the hospital and left behind children in incubators and patients in intensive care without any medical personnel? I can't believe that I survived dying at the hospital, where the smell of death is everywhere.”
A third doctor with whom CNN spoke said that staff “were evacuated on foot under the hail of bullets.”
“Although I live in Khartoum, there is no way for me to go to my family's house, where the battles are intensifying in the center and south of Khartoum.”