According to reports in the Belgian press, Fransen, a Belgian citizen stationed in Sudan, where conflicts took place, disappeared in the capital Khartoum on Sunday and was found injured on Tuesday.
It was announced that Fransen’s injury was serious, but not life-threatening. EU officials did not elaborate on Fransen’s situation for security reasons.
It was announced that the Irish citizen Adrian O’Hara, the EU’s Ambassador to Sudan, was also attacked in his residence after the conflict began. The ambassador is in good condition.
Clashes between army and HDK in Sudan
Armed clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (HDK) on the morning of April 15 in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and in various cities. The disagreement between the army and the HDK regarding the military security reform, which envisages “the full participation of the HDK in the army”, had turned into a hot conflict in the last few months.
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that General Abdulfettah al-Burhan, the Sovereignty Council Chairman and the Commander of the Army, had decided to dissolve the HDK, which clashed with the army, and to declare a rebel force against the state, and that they would act on this basis.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that the number of people who lost their lives due to the ongoing conflict in Sudan increased to 270.