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  • Updated: September 16, 2023

Sudan: Burhan Travels To Uganda As Battles Rage In Khartoum

Sudan: Burhan Travels To Uganda As Battles Rage In Khartoum

Sudan's de facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan left Saturday for a visit to Uganda, the ruling Sovereign Council said, in his latest trip abroad as battles raged in Khartoum.

The African country has been at war since violence erupted in the capital between the regular army led by Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces led by his deputy-turned-rival Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

Residents reported clashes surrounding Khartoum's military headquarters, where Burhan had been holed up until last month, had a brief two-week reprieve before resuming, with the RSF bombarding it with artillery fire.

Burhan is scheduled to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala, where they will discuss "bilateral ties and issues of common importance," according to a statement from the Sovereign Council.

It is the Sudanese general's sixth travel overseas since his initial public appearances late last month, including stops in Egypt, South Sudan, and Turkey among others.

According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, at least 7,500 people have been killed since the fighting began on April 15.

According to United Nations data, the war has uprooted more than five million people, including one million who have fled across borders.

Witnesses on the ground told AFP that they heard battles in central Khartoum, with one resident reporting that the RSF was "firing heavy artillery" at the army headquarters.

Neither side has been able to gain an advantage in the fighting, with the army controlling the skies and Daglo's troops anchoring themselves in residential areas.

Witnesses have reported an increase in the intensity of air strikes, and consequently, the civilian death toll, as the army attempts to retake control of portions of the capital.

Burhan has been Sudan's de facto leader since the fall of longstanding despot Omar al-Bashir in 2019 when he was designated president of the Sovereign Council of Military and Civilian officials tasked with guiding the country's transition to full democracy.

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