Fighting in the Sudanese city of Junajna claimed at least 74 lives, according to medical experts

Fighting in the Sudanese city of Junajna claimed at least 74 lives, according to medical experts

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Smoke over Sudan's capital Khartoum in a picture taken on April 22, 2023.

Khartoum – At least 74 people lost their lives during the fighting that took place on Monday and Tuesday in the Sudanese city of Junajna, which is the administrative center of West Darfur. According to the AFP news agency, the Union of Sudanese Doctors announced this. He has not yet compiled the balance for Wednesday and Thursday, but the fighting continues and the hospitals there are out of order.

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“On April 24 and 25, at least 74 people were killed in the fighting in Junajná, and we cannot yet compile the balance sheet for April 26 and 27 because all hospitals in the city are now out of service,” the doctors' union said.

In mid-April, the conflict between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) escalated into fighting that has so far claimed the lives of more than 500 people and injured thousands. Many other people had to leave their homes because of them. Since Monday, many foreigners have also been evacuated from the country.

The United States is also trying to get its citizens out of the country in northeastern Africa, which, according to the DPA agency, has faced criticism in recent days for not doing enough. The New York Times reported today that around 300 Americans were transported in a bus convoy from Khartoum to the Red Sea coast. American armed drones accompanied them along the way.

The evacuation of foreign citizens was made possible by a three-day truce, which was nonetheless violated in some places. The ceasefire was extended for another three days on Thursday, but heavy fighting was reported from Khartoum today, according to the BBC news website.

Sudan has been struggling with political instability since the spring of 2019, when after months of mass anti-government protests, the army, with the help of The RSF overthrew longtime authoritarian President Omar Bashir, accused of war crimes and genocide. Sudan's subsequent transition to civilian rule was thwarted by a military coup in 2021, when army general Abdal Fattáh Burhán and RSF chief Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, also called Hemeti, jointly organized a coup. Now the former allies are facing each other, the RSF has disagreed with the time frame for merging its units with the army.