Food for humanitarian aid looted in Sudan amid fighting, says UN

The United Nations says food warehouses and humanitarian facilities in Sudan have been looted amid fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

The conflict, which erupted in mid-April, has left many dead or injured. Offices and facilities accepting aid have been looted, raising concerns about a humanitarian crisis.

The UN's Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, told reporters on Monday that some 17,000 metric tons of food, worth at least 13 million dollars, had been taken from warehouses where the World Food Programme had stored food supplies for humanitarian aid.

He also noted that the WFP's main offices in the capital, Khartoum, were looted over the weekend, and that humanitarian aid activities have been impacted.

Haq said they were stolen by unidentified looters.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement, strongly condemning the looting. He said, "The needs of the Sudanese people, who are caught up in a humanitarian catastrophe, must come first."

Guterres stressed the need for parties to protect and respect humanitarian workers and facilities.