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Date of Incident: January 03, 2024

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):University of Gezira

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

Around January 3, 2024, Rapid Support Forces (RSF) looted the University of Gezira (also written as Al-Jazirah University or Al Jazeera University) in the city of Wad Madani.

According to a statement released by the Madani City Resistance Committee, the RSF robbed academic and administrative facilities, as well as the university’s bank and farm. The RSF also targeted professors’ homes and local institutions affiliated with the university. University administrators confirmed the attack.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the looting and vandalism of a university’s facilities and the residences of faculty. Such attacks harm the ability of higher education communities to safely and adequately conduct research, teaching, and other academic activities. Parties to a conflict and others must refrain from targeting, using, or destroying higher education institutions, among other civilian objects. State authorities have a responsibility to protect higher education communities, investigate threats, and to hold perpetrators responsible; they also have an obligation to exercise restraint and to ensure that their actions de-escalate rather than incite violence. Such incidents undermine academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and democratic society generally.