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ICC to Probe Reports of Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur as Violence Escalates Across Sudan 

HeadlineJul 19, 2023

In Sudan, the U.N. reports 200,000 people have been displaced just in the past week as fighting rages between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, or RSF. In the four months since the conflict erupted, some 2.6 million people have been internally displaced, and over 730,000 have fled Sudan. Survivors of the 2003 genocide in Darfur say the targeting of the Masalit people in today’s conflict resembles the ethnic cleansing suffered in the region 20 years ago. The International Criminal Court launched an investigation last week into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. This is ICC prosecutor Karim Khan.

Karim Khan: “We are, by any analysis, not on the precipice of a human catastrophe, but in the very midst of one. It is occurring. And it’s my analysis and my prayer and advice that we must act urgently, collectively to protect the most vulnerable.”

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