Sudan Violence: 22 people have been reported killed in an airstrike on the city of Omdurman in Sudan. Several other people were also reported injured in the attack. This is the biggest attack in a week in the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese army and the rebel paramilitary group, Al Jazeera reported. An airstrike in Khartoum last month killed at least 17 people, five of whom were children.
The attack took place on Saturday in a residential area of Omdurman, a city next to the capital Khartoum, according to a health ministry statement. The attack is believed to be one of the deadliest clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the capital and other cities.
RSF accuses army of airstrikes
The RSF accused the army of attacking residential districts of Omdurman, where violence between rival factions has flared up. According to Rapid Support Forces, 31 people have died in the airstrike. “We strongly condemn the deliberate airstrikes carried out by extremist terrorist militias led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan,” the group said in a statement.
Army did not respond to RSF’s allegations
On the other hand, no response has been given by the Army to the allegations made by the Rapid Support Forces. According to two residents of Omdurman, it was difficult to identify the perpetrators of the attack. He claimed that RSF personnel in the area have been regularly attacked by army aircraft. These attacks have been retaliated by the Rapid Support Forces.
According to a local named Abdel-Rahman, the army targeted the RSF in the early hours of Saturday and the RSF used civilian houses as shields while firing shells at the invading army planes. The western part of Omdurman, home to the RSF with its power base and vital supply routes, has been the focus of fighting in recent days.
So far 1133 people have died in Sudan violence
According to the health ministry, at least 1,133 people have lost their lives in the violence that began on 15 April. Over 2.9 million people have been displaced, of whom around 700,000 have fled to nearby countries.