Sudan: Fierce Fighting Continues in Sudan Capital

Khartoum / Omdurman / Sennar — Heavy fighting persists in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, eight weeks since the eruption of the war. Tutti Island is reportedly under siege and Sudan Emergency Lawyers warn of a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed shock at the death of refugees.

Callers from central Khartoum told Radio Dabanga yesterday, that they have been hearing the sound of heavy weapons fire. The Resistance Committee of Imtidad Nasir neighbourhood in Khartoum posted on social media that “three people were, killed and 10 buildings destroyed by airstrikes”.

Other callers from Omdurman reported to Radio Dabanga that there are loud sounds coming from the south of the town, “fighter jets are roaring all the time,” they say.

El Fitihab neighbourhood was also shelled on Tuesday and there are reports of several casualties. In Karari in northern Omdurman, resistance committees stated on their Facebook page that “sounds of heavy artillery can be heard in areas around the state TV offices in Omdurman.”

The State TV office is one of the hotspots of the fighting and a key point where the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are located.

Tutti Island under siege

In a statement on twitter yesterday, Sudan’s Emergency Lawyers called on the RSF to open safety passages to Tutti Island and warned of a humanitarian crisis.

For the eighth consecutive day, the RSF have reportedly closed the two bridges that connect Tutti Island to Khartoum and Khartoum North, preventing the entry and exit of people, food supplies, and medicine. “They are shooting anyone who approaches the banks of the Nile to get off the island. A construction worker was killed,” they say.

“They prevented people from burying bodies in the cemetery of Hillat Hamed which forced them to use the island instead. The RSF did not allow critically ill patients and emergency cases to cross the bridges. The humanitarian situation is worsening rapidly, pharmacies have run out of medicine, and there is a lack of food supplies.”