Sudanese army intensifies attacks on paramilitary posts in Khartoum

Khartoum: The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have intensified airstrikes and artillery bombardments on paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) positions in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. A source in Khartoum told Xinhua on Saturday that SAF warplanes carried out airstrikes on RSF positions inside Omdurman, northwest of Khartoum. These attacks targeted areas such as Ombada and Dar al Salaam in the west of Omdurman, as well as the Al Salah neighborhood in the south.

The army and air force also launched attacks on RSF positions in the al-Qadaro neighborhood of Bahri town, north of Khartoum, the source said. The IS intensified bombardment of the Al-Inghaz, Al-Azhari and Al-Salama neighborhoods in southern Khartoum. “Areas of South Khartoum have been facing continuous air and artillery bombardment since morning,” Kandasha said. He said two people were killed and ten others were injured, some seriously, due to the attack on a residential and commercial site near Razi Hospital in the Al-Azhari neighborhood.

RSF issued a statement on Saturday condemning the “indiscriminate aerial bombardment by warplanes” that resulted in many civilian casualties, including women and children, in the three cities, according to the report. The RSF also reported heavy artillery fire on populated areas. The shelling continued, including in al-Salha, al-Fateihab and Omdurman in Ombada as well as in the East Nile region. The paramilitary condemned the ‘Sudanese military’s behavior towards innocent civilians’ and urged regional and international organizations to called for taking responsibility for the actions, classifying them as ‘war crimes’.

The SAF has not yet commented on Saturday’s armed clash with the RSF. The clashes in Khartoum coincided with a visit by the SAF’s general commander, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to the Red Sea and Kasala states in eastern Sudan. Addressing troops at military bases in , al-Burhan affirmed that the fighting would continue until the insurgency, namely the RSF, was defeated. According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, in Khartoum and other regions of Sudan, since 15 April Deadly armed clashes between the SAF and the RSF left more than 3,000 dead and more than 6,000 wounded.

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