'We left behind children in incubators:' Witnesses describe hospital shelled in Sudan's clashes
April 18, 2023 at 16:31
CNN is not using any of the real names of the hospital medics in this article for safety reasons.
The hospital is meters away from Sudan’s army headquarters, which the RSF has made repeated attempts to take over.
The hospital’s maternity ward was struck in the shelling, causing a wall there to collapse, according to hospital employees.
I was stumbling and falling on the ground.”“Can you believe that we left the hospital and left behind children in incubators and patients in intensive care without any medical personnel,” another medic said.
“The smell of death was everywhere.”“There was no electricity, no water there inside the hospital,” said a third medic.
“Sudan’s hospitals under fire,” the Central Committee of Sudan doctors said in a statement on its Facebook page, warning of the potential collapse of the health sector if clashes continue.
People walk past shuttered shops in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 17, 2023.
Marwan Ali/APSmoke billows above residential buildings in Khartoum on April 16, 2023, as fighting in Sudan raged for a second day.
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows two burning planes at Khartoum International Airport, Sudan, Sunday April 16, 2023.
Ascent to powerThe RSF is the preeminent paramilitary group in Sudan, whose leader, Dagalo, has enjoyed a rapid rise to power.
During Sudan’s Darfur conflict, starting in the early 2000s, he was the leader of Sudan’s notorious Janjaweed forces, implicated in human rights violations and atrocities.
Smoke is seen rising from a neighborhood in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 15, 2023.