Sudan: 17 civilians killed by heavy shelling in Khartoum

By Adel Abdel Rahim

KHARTOUM (AA): At least 17 civilians were killed in clashes in the south of Sudan’s capital on Wednesday, local medics said as fighting continues between the country’s army and paramilitary forces.

In a statement on Thursday, the Sudan Doctors Syndicate said the Mayo area witnessed heavy shelling late the previous night, leaving at least 106 others injured, including 36 people who required surgical intervention.

The death toll could be higher as heavy shelling continues in the capital Khartoum, which for weeks has been the scene of clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group.

“The medical staff at Bashaer Governmental Teaching Hospital experienced great pressure in dealing with cases due to their large number and the lack of medical staff,” added the statement, calling on doctors and medical staff near the hospital to “provide assistance.”

The recent violence in Sudan has left at least 863 civilians dead and thousands injured since April 15, the Sudan Doctors Syndicate said.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that more than a million people have been internally displaced by the conflict.

On Monday, Sudan’s warring rivals agreed to extend a seven-day truce, brokered by Saudi Arabia and the US, for five more days.

A disagreement had been fomenting in recent months between the army and the RSF over the paramilitary group’s integration into the armed forces, a key condition of Sudan’s transition agreement with political groups.

Sudan has been without a functioning government since October 2021 when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency in a move decried by political forces as a “coup.”

Sudan’s transitional period, which started in August 2019 after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, had been scheduled to end with elections in early 2024.

*Writing by Ikram Kouachi in Ankara

[Map of Sudan from CIA Factbook/Public Domain]

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