43 Dead in Drone Attack on Market

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A drone strike hit an open market in a Khartoum, Sudan neighborhood on Sunday, September 10, resulting in 43 fatalities and injuring over 55 people

The injured were treated at Bashair University Hospital. 

Video footage from the Resistance Committees, an activist group assisting in relief efforts, showcased the affected individuals at the medical facility.

The violence in Sudan escalated in mid-April due to tensions between the national military, under General Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo. The RSF pointed fingers at the military’s air force for the recent attack. However, the military denied any intentional harm to civilians.

Both parties in the conflict have frequently engaged in shelling and airstrikes, turning the Greater Khartoum area into a focal point of clashes. 

Tensions have spread beyond the region, with RSF forces using civilian properties as bases. Reports indicate that the military subsequently bombed these houses.

Meanwhile, the western Darfur region has witnessed ethnic disputes as the RSF and its Arab allies target ethnic African communities. 

This information is confirmed by several rights organizations and the United Nations. 

Recent clashes were also reported in Al-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, following an RSF-led attack on a military establishment.

Clementine Nkweta-Salami, the United Nations Humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, urged both sides to cease their aggression to aid in the delivery of essential humanitarian supplies.

The ongoing conflict has claimed over 4,000 lives, according to United Nation statistics from August, with experts suggesting an even higher count. Displaced people in Sudan now number around 7.1 million, while an additional 1.1 million have sought refuge in nearby nations. 

Chad has become home to nearly 465,000 refugees, almost all from West Darfur, following intense conflict in the region.

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