War in Sudan: Intensified Violence in Khartoum Forces More Civilians to Flee

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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On the mornings of August 7th and 8th, 2023, Khartoum encountered a period of exceedingly intense fighting. The conflict primarily involved exchanges of mortar and heavy artillery fire, with a significant focus on Omdurman and Bahri. The targeted airstrikes were directed at densely populated neighborhoods.

The Sudanese army also carried out airstrikes that targeted the supply routes of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group to which it has opposed since April 15th, 2023.

As the war in Sudan enters its fifteenth week, this situation is forcing new inhabitants who were still holed up in their homes to flee the capital.

If the fighting in Khartoum condemns civilians to stay cloistered at home or to flee the capital, in the district of Abu Rouf in Omdurman, an order has been issued to evacuate homes. In this district decreed “military zone”, this order was indeed given, at the same time by the army and the paramilitaries.

Several witnesses reported a massive flight of residents of Abou Rouf where several houses were affected. Several hospitals have been calling since August 7th for blood donation in Khartoum while the number of hospitals in service continues to decline, 80% of the country’s hospitals are out of service, indicates the World Health Organization (WHO).

Soukaina Sghir

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