Doctors' organizations in Sudan say hospitals are being bombarded with military strikes in targeted attacks, as clashes between the army and a paramilitary group ramp up for the third day.
The Sudan Doctors Trade Union has identified at least half a dozen hospitals that have been struck, though exact information is difficult to come by.
A spokesperson for the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors told CNN on Monday that “warring parties” were responsible for the strikes.
“We are receiving messages that there are victims,” the spokesperson said. “Those who are dead and injured, since the morning of the outbreak of the war, and there is no way to bury them or treat them, the bodies have begun to decompose.”
“These are the conditions of war,” the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors spokesperson said. “Before targeting hospitals, we pointed out before targeting hospitals for their use as military bases.”
The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors warned in a statement that the striking of hospitals and using them to house the military was “a crime against humanity, values and morals – all treaties and covenants prohibit their violation” – and the Sudan Doctors Trade Union called it a “clear breach of international humanitarian law.”
“For the second day in a row, amid the absurd and bloody fighting between the People's Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, there is a large number of deaths and moderate and critical injuries,” the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said in a statement posted overnight.
Meanwhile, both the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) denied in comments to CNN that they are striking medical facilities.
A spokesperson for the RSF told CNN in a statement that the group “will never go against medical facilities or hospitals,” calling them “lies” spread by the country’s military.
Sudan’s military has also denied to CNN that it is striking hospitals, and called on the RSF to remove their forces from all civilian areas.