Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 20, 2023 by Diary Times
More than 180 people have been killed in fighting between forces loyal to the country’s top two generals, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for Sudan said on Monday. Clashes between the army and a powerful paramilitary force continued in the country for the third consecutive day. Airstrikes and shelling have intensified in the country’s capital Khartoum and its neighboring city of Omdurman. Continuous gunfire was heard near the military headquarters.
Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, said that more than 1,800 people have been injured so far in the conflict that began on Saturday. The Sudan Doctors’ Syndicate, a pro-democracy group tracking casualties in the conflict, said earlier in the day that 97 people had been killed so far. Meanwhile, diplomatic pressure is mounting on Sudan to end the violence.
Top diplomats including the US secretary of state, the UN secretary-general, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, the head of the Arab League and the head of the African Union Commission called on both sides to end the fighting. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was speaking with leaders of the Arab League, the African Union and the region, urging them to end the conflict.