Eman El-Sherbiny

Freelance open-source investigative journalist

Civilians Trapped in Al Fashir as Rapid Support Forces Advance

Post Published: June 12, 2024

Astaggering 8.8 million people have been displaced since the start of the Sudanese Civil War in April last year, as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) battle for control of the country.


Currently the RSF is trying to take Al Fashir, the largest city in the Darfur region, and the last stronghold of the Sudanese Army in Darfur. The city has become a refuge for people fleeing nearby villages and towns and its population has swelled with internally displaced people. Conditions in the city are dire. The fighting has effectively cut the city off, with both sides striking critical infrastructure in the city, severely limiting access to healthcare, food and safe shelter.

Bellingcat worked with Sudanese Fact Checkers at Beam Reports to examine the escalating conflict in Al Fashir and understand its impact on civilians.  Bellingcat used open source footage and images, satellite imagery as well as other remote sensing tools to monitor the latest escalation through May and June.

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