Amidst the deafening sounds of explosions and gunfire outside, Sudanese citizens in Khartoum and other cities remained barricaded inside their homes on Monday, for the third consecutive day, as the army and a formidable rival group engaged in a power struggle across the country’s streets.
According to U.N. envoy Volker Perthes, at least 185 people have lost their lives, and over 1,800 have suffered injuries in the ongoing clashes, the Associated Press reported.
The two sides are employing tanks, heavy weapons, and artillery in densely populated areas, while fighter jets flew overhead, and anti-aircraft fire illuminated the skies after dusk.
The actual number of casualties could be significantly higher, as numerous bodies are scattered across the central Khartoum streets, inaccessible due to the violent confrontations.
As of now, there is no official count of the fatalities, whether they are civilians or combatants. However, the doctors’ syndicate had reported 97 civilian deaths previously.
Over the weekend, an unexpected eruption of hostilities between the two most prominent generals of the country, each with the support of tens of thousands of heavily armed combatants, left millions of people stranded in their homes or seeking refuge elsewhere.
As supplies dwindled and numerous hospitals had to shut down, the situation became dire, as reported by the AP.
In response, senior diplomats from various regions quickly sprang into action to mediate a ceasefire, and the U.N. Security Council arranged a meeting to address the crisis.
Written by staff