Mr. Volker Perthes, the head of the United Nations mission to Sudan, has told the Security Council in a closed-door session, that at least 185 people have been killed and another 1,800 wounded since fighting began on Saturday between the army and paramilitaries in Sudan. The conflict has left hospitals damaged and medical supplies and food in short supply.
A weeks-long power struggle exploded into deadly violence last Saturday between the forces of two generals who seized power in a 2021 coup, Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The conflict has seen air strikes, artillery and heavy gunfire.
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Concerns have been raised that the fighting in the capital of the country is unprecedented and could be prolonged, despite regional and global calls for a ceasefire as diplomats mobilise.
The last and holiest days of Ramadan have seen residents watching from their windows as tanks roll through the streets, shaking their buildings, as the smoke from fires triggered by the fighting hangs in the air.
As power outages hit the city, food queues have started to appear.