As clashes between the army and paramilitaries enter their twelfth week in Sudan, an airstrike on Saturday left at least 22 dead and dozens injured in Omdurman, near the capital Khartoum. A deadly bombing condemned by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the airstrike that killed at least 22 people on Saturday in Omdurman, Sudan, in a statement released early Sunday (July 9th).
At least 22 people were killed and scores injured in a Sudanese army airstrike on western Omdurman, the Khartoum state health ministry said on Saturday, as clashes between the country’s military factions were entering their twelfth week.
As paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) quickly dominated the capital Khartoum and its two adjacent cities Omdurman and Bahri after fighting began on April 15, the army carried out airstrikes and artillery fire.
The fighting, which no attempt at mediation has been able to put an end to so far, threatens to drag Sudan into a wider civil war, involving other actors internal and external to the West African country. ballast.
Half of the capital destroyed
Antonio Guterres also said he was appalled by reports of large-scale violence and casualties in Sudan’s Darfur region, the statement said.
“He is also concerned about reports of renewed fighting in the states of North Kordofan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. There is a complete disregard for humanitarian and human rights law which is dangerous and worrying,” it added.
The UN Secretary General again called on the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to stop fighting and commit to finding ways to put an end to hostilities in the long term.
According to the Federal Health Ministry, at least 1,133 people have been killed in the clashes that erupted in the capital and in Kordofan and Darfur regions, sparking ethnic violence in West Darfur state.
More than 2.9 million people have been displaced, of whom nearly 700,000 have fled to neighboring countries. More than half of the capital was destroyed.
Source: France 24