Several explosions shook the capital of Sudana country immersed in chaos after four days of fighting, despite growing international calls to cease hostilities that have left almost 200 dead.
in the sky of Khartoumthe general’s planes Abdul Fatah al Burhanthe country’s de facto leader since a 2021 coup, are trying to prevail against the fire of the paramilitary armored vehicles led by their number two, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagloknown as “Hemedti”.
gathered in Japanthe G7 foreign ministers urged in their final statement to “immediately stop the violence (…) and return civil power to Sudan.”
His call is added to those of the UN and United States to end hostilities, but fighting continues with men in fatigues and sometimes turbaned continue to sow terror in Sudan.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken In conversations with the two clashing generals, he stressed “the urgency of reaching a ceasefire.”
General Daglo announced on Twitter that he approved a “24-hour ceasefire”, but the army denied it on Facebook, saying it was “a declaration by the rebellion intended to hide its imminent defeat”.
The inhabitants remain in their houses without electricity or running water and their food reserves are depleted. The few grocery stores that are open warn that they won’t last long without stocking up.
hospitals in distress
At least two hospitals in the capital were evacuated “while the rockets and bullets riddled their walls,” warned the doctors, who say they have run out of blood bags and medical supplies.
In addition, numerous NGOs and UN agencies suspended their activities due to looting and “serious violations” against their staff.
On Monday, a US diplomatic convoy was fired upon and the ambassador of the European Union was attacked at his residence in Khartoum.
Three employees of the World Food Program were killed and aid stocks have been looted in Darfur (west).
The UN counts 1,800 wounded, although many people have difficulties reaching hospitals for fear of stray bullets or military and paramilitary bombardments in residential areas.
In Darfurstronghold of General Daglo, Doctors without borders He said that in three days he has received 183 wounded in his last functional hospital. “Most were civilians, many of them children,” according to the NGO.
Doctors and humanitarian organizations warned that in some areas of Khartoum electricity and water are cut off and there are blackouts in operating rooms.
The patients, and their families, “have no food or water,” declared a pro-democratic network of doctors.
“Burhan is bombing civilians from the air, we will hunt him down and bring him to justice,” General Daglo said on Twitter in English.
For its part, the army stated on Facebook that the moment of final victory is drawing near.
Fighting all over the city
It is impossible to know who controls what. The paramilitary forces claimed to have seized the airport and entered the presidential palace, which the army denies.
The armed forces say they have in their hands the headquarters of their Mayor stateone of Khartoum’s main power complexes.
State television broadcasts images and statements by the army, which claims to have regained ground in many places.
“It is the first time in the history of Sudan since its independence [en 1956] that there is such a level of violence in the center, in Khartoum,” he told the AFP Kholood Khair, founder of the Confluence Advisory research center in Khartoum.
The capital “has always been the safest place in Sudan” but now “there is fighting everywhere, even in densely populated areas, because the belligerents believe that a high civilian death toll will deter the other side,” he added.
Attack on a US convoy
blinkenconfirmed this Tuesday an attack on a US diplomatic convoy in the context of the conflict in Sudan between the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
“Yesterday (Monday), a US diplomatic convoy was fired upon. All people are safe,” he told reporters from Japan, where he is at a summit of G7 foreign ministers.
Blinken, who indicated that the incident is being investigateddescribed the attack as “reckless, irresponsible and unsafe”, according to the television network abc.
All the threats in which our diplomats were involved have been resolved”said Blinken, who also declined to elaborate on an incident “that is still under investigation to try to determine what exactly happened.”
The first reports indicate that the attack was the responsibility of forces associated with the FAR, according to Blinken, who in the last hours had separately contacted the commanders of the two armies involved in the conflict in Sudan to convey to them that “any attack of this type is totally unacceptable”.
Blinken explained that he spoke by phone with the heads of the FAR and the Sudanese Armed Forces, to ask them “the cessation of all hostilities immediately and without putting any prerequisites”.
This appeal coincides with another included in the joint declaration adopted this Tuesday by the G7 foreign ministers, and which urges a ceasefire and a return to dialogue in Sudan on the same terms.
“We urge the parties to end hostilities immediately and without preconditions. We call for them to renounce violence, return to negotiations and take active measures to reduce tensions”, stated the joint declaration adopted at the end of the Foreign Affairs meeting that the Group of Seven held in the Japanese city of Karuizawa.
(With information from AFP)
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