More than 300 civilians killed in fighting between Sudan army, paramilitaries: Embassies

The real toll is thought to be far higher, with many wounded unable to reach hospitals


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Published: Wed 19 Apr 2023, 7:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 20 Apr 2023, 3:57 PM

Over 300 people have died and hundreds wounded in ongoing battles between Sudan's regular army and a powerful paramilitary force, after long-running bitter brinkmanship spilled into conflict.

At its heart lies two rival generals, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, commander of the large and heavily armed paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), formed from members of the Janjaweed militia that led years of extreme violence in Darfur.

Together, they seized power in a 2021 coup.

On Saturday, their jostling for power erupted into violence, both in the capital Khartoum and other cities across Sudan, with deafening explosions, air strikes, artillery fire and intense gunfire in densely packed neighbourhoods.

Each general accused the other of starting the fight, and both have made claims they control key sites, which could not be independently verified.

On Thursday, the sixth day of fighting, explosions and gunfire echoed out in Khartoum, with thousands fleeing the city of more than five million people.


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