Dozens of sudanese killed in clashes in Khartoum

Forty people were killed in artillery shelling in Khartoum after more than 100 people were killed in Al-Jazirah State a few days earlier

On Friday, Sudanese activists reported that around 40 people were killed in heavy artillery shelling amid a devastating war between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, as the war poses a threat to the security of the African continent with increasing international efforts to stop the bloodshed.


The “Coordination of Karari Resistance Committees” announced in a statement on social media that 40 people were killed in the clashes and more than 50 others were injured, adding “There is no precise count of the number of martyrs today in Omdurman.”

The coordination explained that “most of the deceased were taken to Al-Nau Teaching Hospital, others to private hospitals, and some were buried by their families before reaching the hospitals.”

Fighting continues across the country between the army led by Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Hemedti, with both sides ignoring international and regional efforts to establish peace.

However, the death toll from the war remains unclear, with some estimates putting it at “150,000” according to U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Tom Perriello.

Both sides have been accused of war crimes, including targeting civilians, indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, and looting or obstructing vital humanitarian aid.

Attempting to hold the Rapid Support Forces responsible for the victims of an attack in small villages in the agricultural state of Al-Jazira, which killed more than 100 people, the Sudanese army seeks to escalate military action using the attack as justification.

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack.

He added in a statement, “The Secretary-General urges all parties to refrain from any attacks that could harm civilians or civilian infrastructure.”

He added that “the Secretary-General expresses his deep concern about the immense suffering of the Sudanese people due to the ongoing fighting.” He stressed that it is time for both sides to lay down their arms across Sudan and commit to the path toward sustainable peace.

A senior UN official in Sudan called Thursday for an investigation into the attack on the village of Wad al-Nourah in Al-Jazirah State, central Sudan.

UN humanitarian coordinator Clementine Nkweta-Salami said, “Even by the tragic standards of the conflict in Sudan, the images coming from Wad al-Nourah are heartbreaking.”

The war between the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces erupted in April last year after disagreements over integrating the paramilitary force into the army. The Rapid Support Forces have since taken control of the capital Khartoum and most of western Sudan. They are currently seeking to advance towards the center of the country, while UN agencies warn that the Sudanese people are “at imminent risk of famine.”

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