Sudan conflict: Air strike on Khartoum kills at least 20
According to activists, a recent airstrike carried out by the military in Sudan’s capital resulted in the tragic deaths of at least 20 individuals, including two children.
These casualties occurred in the Kalakla al-Qubba neighborhood in the southwest region of Khartoum, where many victims were buried under the debris. Additionally, reports have indicated artillery and rocket attacks in multiple areas on Sunday.
Since April, there has been an ongoing struggle for control of Khartoum between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), leading to the loss of hundreds of lives.
The country’s health ministry has officially reported over 1,100 fatalities nationwide, but it is believed that the actual numbers are considerably higher. Many innocent civilians have become unintentional victims in the midst of this conflict.
The United Nations reports that approximately 2.2 million people have been displaced within Sudan, with more than half a million seeking refuge in neighboring countries as a result of the turmoil.
This conflict initially erupted due to a disagreement between Army Chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and RSF leader Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo regarding the nation’s future.
Several ceasefires have been announced to allow people to escape the fighting but these have not been observed.
The RSF controls much of Khartoum and its twin cities of Omdurman and Bahri.
The army has carried out frequent artillery and air attacks to try and dislodge the paramilitary fighters.
Saturday’s strike is one of the heaviest.
Clashes have spread beyond the capital, including to the western Darfur region which has seen an outbreak of ethnic violence.
Across the country, hundreds have been killed and almost three million people have been forced from their homes.