Thousands of Sudanese flee Khartoum as fighting continues Author: Reuters
KHARTUM, Sudan, 24 April. After a fragile three-day truce expired, Sudanese rivals resumed the war with artillery fire, aerial bombardments and recriminations, while diplomats, foreigners and Sudanese rushed to the outside world.
Reports of deaths and injuries in power struggles between Sovereign Transitional Council (CST) President General Abdel Fattah al Burhan; and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, are in disarray, and medical sources acknowledge the impossibility of treating victims and collecting bodies.
The most recent report puts more than 450 dead and about 3,700 wounded in combat, but with the resumption of hostilities today, the numbers are lower than they actually are, Prensa Latina says.
Strictly speaking, the lull towards the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was tense and characterized by frequent disruptions.
Meanwhile, an RSF spokesman has accused the army loyal to Al-Burhan of bombing the Kalakla residential area and destroying houses, while the military claims that the rebels are using the population as human shields.
The Sudan Tribune, citing an unnamed diplomatic spokesman, reported on Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited the military leaders of the opposing forces in Sudan to start talks in Turkey to try to end the fighting that began on April 15.
According to this source, Erdogan called Al-Burhan and Hemetti to try to mediate and proposed Ankara as a venue, assuring quick support for this possible meeting, but the Sudanese newspaper reports that there is no clarity on positions regarding the proposal. ; although the Sudanese Tribune said sources had confirmed to her that Al-Burhan refused to negotiate with the Commander of the Rapid Support Force before they left Khantoum, and Hemetti told Sky News Arabia on Sunday that he would not negotiate with Al-Buran , but would agree to sit with “honorary members” of the Sudanese armed forces.
Thousands of residents of the Sudanese capital are fleeing to neighboring states to avoid a bloody standoff, according to the Sudan Tribune and international news agencies.
Source: Juventud Rebelde