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Deadly Drone Attack on Market in Sudanese Capital

A drone attack on an open market in the Sudanese capital has resulted in the deaths of at least 43 civilians and left dozens injured, according to local sources. The attack took place in Khartoum, where the army and a rival paramilitary group are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the country.

Violence Erupts in Khartoum

The Mayo neighborhood in Khartoum, where intense fighting between paramilitary forces and the army is ongoing, was targeted in the attack. The Sudan Doctors Syndicate reported that more than 55 people were injured and were rushed to Al-Bashaer University Hospital for treatment.

Disturbing footage shared on social media by the Resistance Committees, an activist group involved in humanitarian aid, showed the bodies of victims wrapped in white sheets at the hospital.

Ongoing Conflict in Sudan

Since mid-April, Sudan has been plagued by violence as tensions between the army, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, escalated into open fighting.

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The RSF has accused the Army Air Force of carrying out the drone attack, but this claim has not been independently verified. The army, on the other hand, denies targeting civilians and dismisses the RSF’s accusations as “false and misleading.”

The conflict has turned the greater Khartoum area into a battleground, with both factions engaging in indiscriminate shelling and air strikes. The RSF has seized civilian homes in the region and transformed them into operational bases, prompting the army to respond with bombings.

In the western Darfur region, which witnessed a genocidal campaign in the early 2000s, the conflict has taken on an ethnic dimension. The RSF and allied Arab militias have been attacking African ethnic groups, leading to further violence and human rights abuses.

Concerns for Humanitarian Aid

Recent clashes broke out in the city of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, following an RSF attack on a military facility. Clementine Nkweta Salami, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, expressed concern about the situation and called for an end to the fighting so that humanitarian workers can reach those in need with essential supplies.

Devastating Impact of the War

The war in Sudan has already claimed the lives of over 4,000 people, according to the United Nations. However, doctors and activists believe the actual death toll is much higher.

The conflict has also resulted in a significant displacement crisis, with the number of internally displaced people nearly doubling since mid-April to at least 7.1 million. Additionally, there are 1.1 million refugees in neighboring countries, particularly Chad, where the RSF and Arab militias have carried out brutal attacks on non-Arab tribes.

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