Conflicts & War

At least 17 killed in airstrike in Sudanese capital

Khartoum, Jun 17 (EFE).- At least 17 people were killed Saturday in an airstrike on southern Khartoum, medical sources told EFE, amid a violent power struggle between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group.

An emergency doctor at Bashaer hospital, in the south of the Sudanese capital, who requested anonymity, said that 17 bodies had been brought to the hospital while there were “dozens of wounded, some in serious condition” as a result of this attack.

“We need blood and we are short of medical personnel,” the health worker said, to deal with the emergency as a result of the air attack that the RSF attributed to the army, which has yet to comment on the matter.

In a statement, the paramilitaries said they had shot down an army MEG type fighter plane, accusing the Sudanese military of attacking several residential neighborhoods in the south of Khartoum on Saturday morning.

The Sudanese capital and the nearby town of Um Durman have seen violent clashes since the conflict between the two sides broke out on April 15.

The conflict in Sudan has caused the internal and external displacement of more than 2.2 million people, according to United Nations agencies, in addition to the 3.7 million internally displaced people already in the country, mainly in Darfur.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that at least 866 people have been killed and another 6,083 injured since the start of the fighting in Sudan. EFE


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