Thursday, February 22, 2024

Sudan: Indian among dozens killed in military rivals face off

Sudan’s army launched air strikes on a rival paramilitary force’s base near the capital in a bid to reassert control over the country on Sunday.

About 56 civilians and dozens of fighters are killed in the recent escalation. An Indian is among the casualties who got hit by a stray bullet on Saturday and succumbed to injuries.

The fighting that broke out on Saturday between army units loyal to General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, led by deputy leader, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, is the first such outbreak since both joined forces to oust President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in 2019.

Al Jazeera quoted the Sudanese Doctors Union claiming dozens of soldiers have suffered casualties and at least 595 people have been wounded across the country.

Mohiuddin Ibrahim, a member of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), an alliance that spearheaded protests that deposed President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, has condemned the escalation of tensions between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.

Social media videos showed military jets flying low over the city, at least one appearing to fire a missile.

Sudan’s MTN telecommunications company has blocked internet services in the country on the orders of the government telecommunications regulator.

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