Sudan crisis: Death toll rises to 97 as fighting continues

The death toll has gone over 97 in the fierce fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), as per the Washington Post, which cites the Sudanese Doctors Union.

As of early today, 97 civilians had perished in the ongoing battle and more than 600 had been injured.

A hospital in the southern part of the capital was hit by stray artillery on Monday morning, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reported, causing “a state of terror and panic,” but no injuries were reported among the personnel or patients.

Eyewitnesses in the capital city of Khartoum told a leading news channel that fighting violence intensified after Sunday morning prayers and continued into the night with loud noises and explosions. Battles reportedly have been taking place hundreds of kilometres away in the eastern city of Port Sudan.

The armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been competing for power as political factions negotiate the formation of a transitional government after a 2021 military coup. The RSF, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and the military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, disagree about how the paramilitary force should be integrated into the armed forces and who should be in charge of overseeing that process.

The military, 18 months after its coup, has pledged to hand over power this month to a civilian-led administration. However, the conflict between General Al-Burhan and General Hamdan, also known as Hemeti, has dominated the process.

The two generals are not ready to leave any stone unturned in criticising each other over the last few months; they have sent armoured vehicles, arms, and ammunition to resist against each other.

Meanwhile, three United Nations World Food Programme staff members died on Saturday, and following the casualties in the clash, the UN agency has temporarily stopped all operations.



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