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The United Nations expressed “shock and horror” regarding the attack on the South Hospital in Al Fasher on Saturday, a UN Spokesperson said. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SUDAN UPDATE
TRT: 2:26
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JUNE 2024, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

10 JUNE 2024, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On the situation in Sudan, I want to express our shock and our horror regarding the attack on the South Hospital in Al Fasher on Saturday. Our friends from the Médecins Sans Frontières reported that members of the Rapid Support Forces stormed the facility, opened fire and looted the hospital. This included stealing an MSF ambulance. The United Nations has been unable at this point to verify the number of casualties following this assault. At the time of the attack, there were 10 patients and a reduced medical team at the hospital, as Médecins Sans Frontières and Ministry of Health teams had started transferring patients and medical services to other facilities earlier in the week due to the increase in fighting.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“MSF said that between 25 May and 3 June, mortar shells and bullets directly hit South Hospital three times, killing two people and wounding 14 patients and caretakers. South Hospital remains closed following the attack. Our humanitarian colleagues note that it was one of only two facilities in Al Fasher that had the ability to perform any kind of surgery. It also served as the main referral hospital for treating war-wounded in the city, as the only facility equipped to manage mass casualties.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“WHO colleagues in Sudan are also shocked by the news of another attack on a health facility, this one in Wad Al-Nura in Aj Jazirah State. That attack led to the death of a nurse while on duty and attending to patients. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs underscores that under international humanitarian law, medical facilities, personnel and equipment must be protected against attacks, looting and other forms of violence. The wounded and sick must also be protected and receive the care they need.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On the political side, just to let you know that our Personal Envoy, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra is continuing his engagement to advance peace efforts, including directly engaging with the Parties to urge them to de-escalate tensions, particularly around El Fasher.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room

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The United Nations expressed “shock and horror” regarding the attack on the South Hospital in Al Fasher on Saturday (8 Jun), a UN Spokesperson said.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters today (10 Jun), “the Médecins Sans Frontières reported that members of the Rapid Support Forces stormed the facility, opened fire and looted the hospital. This included stealing an MSF ambulance.”

He said that the United Nations has been unable at this point to verify the number of casualties following this assault.

“At the time of the attack, there were 10 patients and a reduced medical team at the hospital, as Médecins Sans Frontières and Ministry of Health teams had started transferring patients and medical services to other facilities earlier in the week due to the increase in fighting,” Dujarric said.

Médecins Sans Frontières also said that “between 25 May and 3 June, mortar shells and bullets directly hit South Hospital three times, killing two people and wounding 14 patients and caretakers. South Hospital remains closed following the attack,” Dujarric added.

The UN Spokesperson also said that the South Hospital was one of only two facilities in Al Fasher that had the ability to perform any kind of surgery.

“It also served as the main referral hospital for treating war-wounded in the city, as the only facility equipped to manage mass casualties,” Dujarric added.

Between 10 May and 6 June, more than 1,300 people had sought some treatment at South Hospital for casualties.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan are also “shocked by the news of another attack on a health facility, this one in Wad Al-Nura in Aj Jazirah State. That attack led to the death of a nurse while on duty and attending to patients,” the UN Spokesperson said.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs underscores that “under international humanitarian law, medical facilities, personnel and equipment must be protected against attacks, looting and other forms of violence. The wounded and sick must also be protected and receive the care they need.”

On the political side, Dujarric said that the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra is “continuing his engagement to advance peace efforts, including directly engaging with the Parties to urge them to de-escalate tensions, particularly around El Fasher.”

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