Diplomats flee Sudan fighting as citizens struggle to escape

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As rival generals continued to clash for a ninth consecutive day with no indication of a truce that had been declared for a major Muslim holiday, foreign governments evacuated their diplomats, staff, and other personnel from Sudan on Sunday.

While nations such as the U.S. and Britain airlifted their diplomats from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, local citizens sought to escape the turmoil. Despite the hazardous conditions, many took to the roads to cross the northern border into Egypt.

The ongoing conflict between the Sudanese armed forces and the powerful paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces has resulted in the deaths of over 420 individuals, including 264 civilians, and left over 3,700 wounded, the Associated Press has reported.

The RSF reported that the armed forces had launched airstrikes on the upscale neighborhood of Kafouri, located north of Khartoum, but there has been no official response from the army.

The violence has disrupted operations at the main international airport, causing damage to at least one runway and destroying civilian planes, with thick black smoke rising above it.

Other airports have also been forced to cease operations.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted that he had spoken with the warring commanders, calling for an immediate cease-fire to safeguard civilians and evacuate EU citizens.

Written by staff