Fighting surges in Sudan’s capital and Darfur as war enters 11th week

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Fighting surges in Sudan’s capital and Darfur as war enters 11th week

Witnesses have reported an increase in air strikes, artillery fire, and clashes in Sudan’s capital, as the ongoing war between rival military factions continues into its 11th week. The conflict has displaced 2.5 million people and caused a humanitarian crisis. Violence has also escalated in Nyala, the largest city in the western Darfur region, with the UN raising concerns over ethnic targeting and the killing of people from the Masalit community. The war broke out on April 15 between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and tensions and clashes have since escalated in other parts of Darfur and Kordofan. Despite ceasefire talks led by the US and Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, fighting has intensified, with residents in Khartoum, Bahri, and Omdurman reporting fierce fighting from Saturday evening into Sunday morning. The army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has been using air strikes and heavy artillery to try to dislodge the RSF led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, from neighbourhoods across the capital.

In Nyala, witnesses have reported a marked deterioration in the security situation over the past few days, with violent clashes in residential neighbourhoods. There was also fighting between the army and the RSF last week around El Fashir, capital of North Darfur, which the UN says is inaccessible to humanitarian workers. El Geneina, which has been almost entirely cut off from communications networks and aid supplies in recent weeks, has seen attacks by Arab militias and the RSF, sending tens of thousands fleeing over the border to Chad. The UN has called for safe passage for people fleeing El Geneina and access for aid workers following reports of summary executions and “persistent hate speech” including calls to kill the Masalit or expel them. Of those uprooted by Sudan’s conflict, nearly 2 million have been displaced internally and almost 600,000 have fled to neighbouring countries, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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