More than 20 killed in Sudan airstrike, RSF militia blames military

news 12-Jul-2023 Africa

More than 20 killed in airstrike

At least 22 people are reported to have been killed in an airstrike on the Sudanese city of Omdurman. The paramilitary RSF militia blames the military for the attack. Heavy fighting has been ongoing in Sudan for months.

According to the Ministry of Health of the Khartoum state, at least 22 people have been killed in an airstrike on the city of Omdurman in Sudan. The responsible party for the attack has not been officially confirmed yet. The paramilitary RSF militia accuses the Sudanese army of attacking the city.

A residential area in Omdurman was hit in the attack, according to a brief statement from the Ministry of Health. There are also several injured people. Omdurman is located across the Nile River from the capital Khartoum.

The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) even reported 31 casualties as a result of the attacks by the Sudanese military. Since April, there has been a violent power struggle between the RSF under its leader Mohammed Hamdan Daglo and the country's military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The army has not yet commented on the airstrike.

Guterres condemns attack

According to Reuters, the fighting between the RSF and the military has recently intensified in Omdurman. It appears that the army has tried to cut off an important supply route of the militia.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the airstrike. A spokesperson for Guterres stated, "He remains deeply concerned that the ongoing war between the armies has brought Sudan to the brink of a full-scale civil war that could potentially destabilize the entire region."

Thousands dead, millions displaced

According to the latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, at least 2.9 million people have been displaced in Sudan due to the violent conflict. Over 600,000 people have fled to the neighboring countries of the African state.

Sudan's Minister of Health, Haitham Mohammed Ibrahim, announced estimates of the number of victims in mid-June: it is believed that more than 3,000 people have been killed and around 6,000 injured by the fighters.

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