The U.N. Security Council is calling for a halt to fighting in Sudan and the protection of civilians. The brief press statement followed closed consultations Friday by the U.N.’s most powerful body. The council also is calling for the scaling up of humanitarian assistance to Sudan and neighboring countries, support for humanitarian workers, and respect for international humanitarian law. Sudan descended into conflict in mid-April after months of worsening tensions exploded into open fighting between rival generals seeking to control the African nation. The fighting has killed thousands of people and forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes to safer areas in Sudan and neighboring countries, according the U.N. migration agency.