Sudan's devastating nine-month war between two rival generals has spilled over into a UNESCO world heritage site, NGOs reported late Tuesday, raising alarm over the ruins of the ancient Kushite kingdom. It rang.
The Regional Network for Cultural Rights said it strongly condemns the incursions “into the Naka and Musawarat es-Suhra premises” by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo's militia, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
RSF forces have been fighting forces loyal to Sudanese military commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since April last year.
NGOs said Sunday's incident was the second time since December that fighting had broken out at a religious site in northern Nile state.
State authorities also reported an “RSF invasion that was repelled by the air force” and claimed that “calmness has returned” without mentioning whether there was any damage at the scene.
The cultural rights group said it “draws on reliable sources, images and videos posted on social networks showing fighting between the army and the RSF.” This likely left the site open to vandalism, vandalism, looting, and theft.
The ruins of Meroe Island, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) from Khartoum, are “the heart of the Kushite kingdom” and include the ruins of pyramids, temples and dwellings dating back thousands of years, according to UNESCO.
The ancient civilization of Sudan built more pyramids than Egypt, but they remain largely unknown.
The island of Meroe, located between the Nile and Atbara rivers, is a World Heritage Site and its ancient civilization borrowed cultural characteristics from pharaonic Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
According to conservative estimates by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, more than 13,000 people have been killed since the war began in April, and the United Nations says more than 7 million people have been displaced.