Spokesman for Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasser Kanaani (Courtesy photo)

Iran condemns ‘massacre’ in Sudan village

The spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the killing of civilians in Sudan.

The spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the killing of civilians in Sudan.

Nasser Kanaani described the killing and wounding of hundreds of innocent individuals, including women and children, in the attack on the village of Wad al-Noura in Al Gazira State as a horrific and shocking event. 

He stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply concerned about the ongoing civil war in Sudan and the severe plight of innocent citizens in various conflict-affected regions of the country.

He called for the swift restoration of peace and steady living conditions in Sudan, as well as an immediate halt to the massacre and killing of innocent people. 

Kanaani emphasized the responsibility of the international community, especially human rights organizations, to take effective measures to end the current situation in Sudan.

An attack by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on a village in central Sudan has killed more than 100 people, according to local activists.

Photos shared by the committees showed numerous bodies wrapped for burial in what was described as a “mass grave” in the village square. 

In a statement last Week, the RSF claimed to have targeted army and allied militia bases around Wad al-Noura but did not acknowledge any civilian casualties.

Following reports of the killings, Clementine Nkweta-Salami, the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, called for a thorough investigation and accountability.

“Even by the tragic standards of Sudan’s conflict, the images from Wad al-Noura are heart-breaking,” Nkweta-Salami said in a statement. “Human tragedy has become a hallmark of life in Sudan. We cannot allow impunity to become another one.”

Sudan’s civil war began in April 2023, sparked by a rivalry between Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy and RSF commander, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo, which escalated into a full-blown conflict.

Sudan and Iran ties

Sudan renewed its ties with Iran in October 2023 after a seven-year hiatus. In December 2023, a Sudanese delegation visited Iran on a mission allegedly to acquire Iranian Mohajer-6 attack drones.

In 2024, Mohajer-6 attack drones entered the Sudanese battlefield. Photographic evidence published by Radio Dabanga and other sources showed Iranian Revolutionary Guard cargo planes on the tarmac in Port Sudan, the base of operation for Sudan’s government led by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.