Wednesday, April 19, 2023

The European Union’s top humanitarian official in Sudan has been shot in Khartoum, as international evacuation plans were thrown into chaos by intensifying fighting between rival militaries. #sudan #khartoum #war #EU

Wim Fransen, a Belgian national who heads the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (Echo) in Sudan, was found on Tuesday by his colleagues with serious but not life-threatening injuries after going missing on Sunday.

An EU Commission spokesman confirmed the incident but declined to give further details, citing security concerns for staff in Sudan. A Belgian foreign ministry spokesman said: “The situation of the Belgian citizen hospitalized in Sudan is known to us.”

The shooting comes amid growing reports of looting and abuse by gunmen in a deadly battle for power between the army and rebels attempting to seize power. On Monday, the head of the EU embassy to Sudan was “assaulted” in his home.

“We are alarmed by the situation and the security of our staff,” the EU Commission spokesman said at a press conference on Wednesday.

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