Bloody Fighting Erupts in Sudan: Omdourman Devastated as Bodies litter Streets

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In the seven months since the conflict between the army and paramilitaries broke out, bodies of people in military uniforms litter the streets of Omdourman, on the outskirts of the Sudanese capital, witnesses reported.

As a new round of talks backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States concluded this week without a ceasefire agreement, fighting rages on in Khartoum and its suburbs, as well as in Darfur.

Phoning from Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, witnesses in Ummdourman informed AFP that after Wednesday, fighting bodies of people in military uniform still lie in the streets of the city centre

According to some witnesses, health workers were killed when a shell struck the AlNau hospital, which was the last functioning medical facility in the area, north of Omdourman.

The UN’s deputy humanitarian coordinator for Darfur, Toby Harward, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that “hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced people are now in grave danger in El-Facher, the capital of North Darfur, due to a rapidly deteriorating security situation and a lack of food and water.”

“The Rapid Support Forces (RSF, paramilitaries) and the Sudanese army are fighting for control of the town, and this will have a catastrophic impact on civilians”, he stated.

The US Embassy stated that it was “deeply concerned at reports of serious human rights violations committed by the RSF in Darfur. Reporting in particular killings in the Ardmata region, in the state of West Darfur, and expressing concern that leaders and members of the Massalit, one of the largest non-Arab ethnic minorities in West Darfur, were being targeted

The Sovereignty Council, which holds the highest authority in the country, declared on Monday that the RSF had “attacked houses in the Ardmata region, killing a pillar of the civil administration and his family in West Darfur.”

The UN issued a warning on Thursday regarding the increasing number of people leaving South Sudan.

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