Gunmen Attack Sudan Churches As Conflict Escalates
The Sudanese Council of Churches has condemned attacks on church leaders and church buildings as the conflict in Sudan rapidly escalates - states Worthy News.
The Sudanese Council of Churches has condemned attacks on church leaders and church buildings as the conflict in Sudan rapidly escalates.
Churches have been looted or used as military bases, while several have been burned down, prompting thousands to flee, Christians said.
In one incident, masked gunmen affiliated to one of Sudan’s warring factions raided one of Khartoum’s oldest churches, opening fire at church officials as they searched for cash, gold, and women, witnesses recalled.
The May 13 raid was one of many reported attacks targeting churches, homes, factories, and banks that residents have blamed on the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The RSF, which denied responsibility for the raid on the Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic church, stated that its troops were working to protect civilians and that those committing abuses were criminals who had stolen RSF uniforms.
The RSF has been battling Sudan’s official army across greater Khartoum, the capital area, over the past month.
Christians said that the May 13 attack at the church in the Masalma neighborhood of Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, began shortly before midnight on May 13.
Source: Worthy News