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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Norway alarmed over attacks in Sudan

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt has condemned recent attacks on civilians in Sudan. She’s also alarmed that the Norwegian ambassador’s home in Khartoum was hit by a grenade during the weekend.

Huitfeldt called on both sides during the weekend to “end the fighting immediately and find a peaceful solution.” She confirmed that the ambassador’s home was among those shelled. “The ambassador was not injured, but the incident did result in damage to the property,” Huitfeldt stated. “We have no grounds to believe the embassy was targeted.” She said the shelling is nonetheless “cause for grave concern, and we will be following the matter up.”

Three UN workers were among those killed in the fighting between government forces in Sudan and the paramilitary force RSF, which has been blamed for massacres in Darfur and political assassinations. Norwegian aid organizations Kirkens Nødhjelp (Norwegian Churd Aid) and the refugee agency Flyktninghjelpen have felt compelled to suspend all their work in Sudan while the fighting goes on.

On Tuesday Huitfeldt repeated her appeals regarding the security situation, also for all diplomats in the country. The home of another Norwegian diplomat was also shelled both yesterday and today and a guard injured. Norway has long been active with both peace-keeping efforts and humanitarian aid in the region. staff




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