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  • Updated: August 13, 2023

Sudan: Fighting Intensifies In South Darfur Amid Fears Of New Civil War

Sudan: Fighting Intensifies In South Darfur Amid Fears Of Ne

Chadian cart owners transport belongings of Sudanese people who fled the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region

Witnesses have said that violence erupted on Sunday in the western Sudanese city of Nyala and elsewhere in the province of South Darfur, threatening to envelop the region in Sudan's ongoing war.

The conflict has brought daily clashes to Khartoum's streets, a resurgence of ethnically targeted attacks in West Darfur, and the displacement of almost four million people within Sudan and beyond its borders into Chad, Egypt, South Sudan, and other nations.

Clashes have erupted regularly between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in Nyala, the country's second-largest city and a critical hub for the fragile Darfur region.

According to witnesses, the current flare-up lasted three days, with both the army and the RSF firing artillery into civilian areas. Fighting has disrupted power, water, and telecommunications networks.

According to the Darfur Bar Association, a national human rights monitor, at least eight persons were slain on Saturday alone.

Reports revealed that combat recently spread 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Nyala, in the Kubum region, killing scores.

The bar association also disclosed that Arab tribesmen in RSF trucks invaded the region, burning down the market and storming the police station in an attack on a rival Arab clan. According to the report, 24 persons were killed in the conflict.

Several Arab tribes have sworn loyalty to the RSF.

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