A night curfew was on Wednesday announced by authorities in Sudan’s North Darfur state after armed groups looted a U.N. World Food Programme warehouse and facilities used by a former peacekeeping mission.
Initial reports said the warehouse in El Fasher looted by unknown armed groups late on Tuesday contained up to 1,900 tonnes of food intended for hundreds of thousands of people in the area, a United Nations statement said.
Looting and burning destroyed the stores, according to state news agency SUNA.
“One in three people in Sudan needs humanitarian assistance. Such an attack severely impedes our ability to deliver to the people who need it most,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Khardiata Lo N’diaye said.
“We call upon the government of Sudan to step up efforts to protect and safeguard humanitarian premises and assets throughout Sudan,” she said.
The Coordination Committee for Refugee and Displacement Camps, an NGO, has blamed militias and armed groups aligned with authorities in Khartoum for the looting.