In this week’s News Highlights: US warns of imminent attack by RSF on El Fasher; RSF captures Balila airport in West Kordofan; Hamdok to lead Sudanese civilian leadership body; One year after the Cessation of Hostilities agreement; Ongoing violence and displacement in Amhara and Oromia; Meta accused of fuelling ethnic violence during Tigray war; EU concerned about the situation in Eritrea and Ethiopia; Violence hampers aid delivery, as South Sudan sinks into deep crisis; Emergency level hunger and floods in Somalia; UNSC extends UNSOM mandate; UNHCR reports 12,500 refugees and migrants have been intercepted by Libya; Report shows sharp increase in drownings after EU’s NGO crackdown; European Commission wants to step up surveillance and deportation; Critical report on violations against asylum seekers in Belgium; Austria and UK deal to cooperate on third-country deportation; and MSF warns that violence and pushbacks have become normalised in Greece.
In this week’s News Highlights: More civilians killed in airstrikes on Nyala and Khartoum; Volker Perthes steps down; Burhan meets with President Afewerki; Burhan meets with SPLM-North leader; International experts warn of empty peace initiatives in Sudan; Reports of ENDF atrocities in Amhara region; Young man found dead after arrest by ENDF; Somaliland sends army troops to Laascaanood; Closure of Eritrean churches after clashes in the Tel Aviv Eritrean Festival; An estimated 10,000 victims and 100,000 missing people after Storm Daniel in Libya; Conflicts over EU’s migration deal with Tunisia; Lampedusa hits record number of arrivals; More European countries to implement “radical” migration strategies; and Emergency refugee response programme extended in Greece.
On 14 June, the Mediterranean Sea saw one of the deadliest tragedies at sea that happened in recent years. A boat carrying migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean capsized and sank off the Greek coastal town of Pylos. 82 dead bodies were recovered from the sea as of 21 June, while 104 people were rescued. Hundreds of migrants and refugees went missing and are presumably dead as the boat reportedly carried up to 750 people.