13 Killed in Sudan Conflict

Wed Aug 09 2023
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KHARTOUM: At least 13 civilians have been killed in the deadly fighting in Sudan since the war began in the African country about four months ago, Arab media reported on Tuesday.

The recent clashes between Sudan’s regular army and rival paramilitary started when the former tried to take over a bridge across the Nile river used to bring reinforcements and ammunition for the rival forces known as Rapid Support Forces.

During the fight, the regular army launched airstrikes and used a heavy artillery arsenal, however, the Rapid Support Forcefully responded the operation resulting in civilian deaths and displacement.

Both sides have claimed military advances in recent days but the diplomatic efforts by the US and Saudi Arabia are under way to end the conflict.

Sudan at risk of a major disease outbreak

The London-based charity organization Save the Children has also issued a grave warning saying that war-hist Sudan is facing an alarming risk of major disease outbreaks due to thousands of unburied corpses scattered across the streets and the near-collapse of the country’s health and sanitation infrastructure. The dire situation has raised concerns about the potential outbreak of cholera as well.

The ongoing conflict between the forces of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo has left Khartoum, the capital, littered with decomposing bodies.

Save the Children has called for an urgent need for intervention to prevent the outbreak of deadly diseases in the area.

The conflict has barred victims and families from going to hospitals, 80 percent of which are not functional.

mid bureaucratic hurdles, security challenges, and targeted attacks, aid groups struggle to deliver crucial assistance, leaving more than six million people on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations.

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