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WFP Resumes Sudan Aid

FILE: A man carries a sack of food aid from the WFP, at the Um Rakuba refugee camp in Sudan, December 3, 2020.

BEIRUT - The United Nations' World Food Program said on Monday it will immediately lift the suspension of its operations in Sudan that was put in place after the tragic deaths of its team member.

"WFP is rapidly resuming our programs to provide the life-saving assistance that many so desperately need right now," WFP executive director Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter.

The WFP said on April 16 it had temporarily halted all operations in Sudan after three of its employees were killed in clashes between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) a day earlier.

Getting food and other aid into Sudan has become critical as fighting has disrupted normal relief and food operations. The nation has tens of thousands of internally displaced persons as well as many thousand others who have fled to South Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia to get away from the conflict.