Violence Escalates in Sudan’s Capital

Khartoum in turmoil: Heavy clashes and explosions rock Sudan's capital despite truce extension

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Khartoum in turmoil: Heavy clashes and explosions rock Sudan’s capital despite truce extension

Despite extending a fragile truce between Sudan’s two top generals, the country’s capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman were rocked by heavy explosions and gunfire on Friday. Residents reported fierce clashes in several areas, including the upscale neighborhood of Kafouri, the Republican Palace, and the Khartoum international airport, which have been flashpoints since the war between the military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted on April 15.

The escalation of violence came hours after both sides agreed to a 72-hour extension of the truce, apparently to allow foreign governments to complete the evacuation of their citizens from the country. However, the extension did not stop the fighting, and Turkey reported that one of its evacuation aircraft was hit by gunfire outside Khartoum, but there were no casualties.

Although multiple short truces have been declared, they have not stopped the fighting, but they have created enough of a lull for tens of thousands of Sudanese to flee to safer areas and for foreign nations to evacuate their citizens by land, air, and sea. The power struggle between Sudan’s two top generals has killed hundreds, and the situation is dire for the country’s citizens.

The international community has called for an end to the violence and a return to civilian rule, but progress has been slow. The United Nations and the African Union have urged Sudan’s leaders to resume talks and work towards a peaceful resolution.

The situation in Sudan is a tragic reminder of the human cost of political power struggles and the importance of diplomacy and peaceful conflict resolution. Sudan’s leaders must listen to the international community and work towards a peaceful solution that prioritizes the safety and well-being of its citizens.

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