At least hundreds of people have died after an attack by paramilitary groups and Arab militias in Darfur, Sudan. The target was the non-Arab population.
According to various sources, at least 800 to 1,300 people died in the West Darfur town of Ardamata after 2 November after the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Response Force (RSF) overran a nearby military base. Subsequently, the units focused on civilians in the vicinity.
As described by the AP agency, the RSF, along with allied Arab militias, invaded the city and began mass killing the non-Arab population – members of the Masalit tribe. Thousands are injured, hundreds more are missing.
“They went from house to house looking for men. They killed everyone they found. The streets were full of bodies,” one of the refugees who managed to escape to Chad told Al Jazeera. The attackers also started burning buildings in the city, targeting refugees from the war.
The conflict in Sudan has been going on since April. It all started as a dispute between two generals, army commander-in-chief Abdal Fattáh Burhán and head of the RSF Muhammad Hamdan Dagal. The two previously overthrew the interim government in a military coup that sought democratic change in the country.