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  • Updated: July 08, 2023

Sudan: 22 Killed In Air Strike In Omdurman As War Rages On

Sudan: 22 Killed In Air Strike In Omdurman As War Rages On

Omdurman, Sudan.

As the conflict between the country's military factions entered its 12th week, the Sudanese army carried out an airstrike on western Omdurman, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens more, according to a statement from the state health ministry in Khartoum on Saturday.

After fighting broke out on April 15, while the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) soon took control of the capital Khartoum and its sister cities Omdurman and Bahri, the army commenced air and artillery strikes.

No attempts at mediation have been successful in stopping the conflict, which has the potential to involve both internal and external parties in the East African nation that is located between the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the Red Sea.

In the months before the conflict, tensions between the two sides had risen over the chain of command and the integration of their respective armies in the context of the new democratic transition.

According to the federal health ministry, at least 1,133 people have died in the fighting, which has broken out in the capital as well as the Kordofan and Darfur regions and caused ethnic conflict in West Darfur state.

Over 2.9 million people have been displaced, with approximately 700,000 of them escaping to nearby nations.

Due to the western section of the city's importance as a supply corridor for the RSF to bring reinforcements in from Darfur, its power base, fighting has centred on Omdurman in recent days.

The nation's state broadcasting centre in eastern Omdurman has also been the focus of strikes, especially overnight on Friday. Khartoum's south and east were also hit overnight by further strikes.

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