Fighting rages in Sudan as death toll passes 100
On Monday, the army said it was in control of the state broadcaster in the capital’s twin city of Omdurman.
After being cut for hours, state television went on the air again, showing footage of soldiers filming themselves on military bases claiming they control them.
Three UN staff from the World Food Programme were among those killed in the western region of Darfur, forcing a “temporary halt” to all operations in a country where one-third of the population needs aid.
On Monday morning, loud gunfire and deafening explosions again shook buildings and echoed across the streets of Khartoum as street fighting continued, AFP journalists said.
Power has been off across swathes of Khartoum, and the few grocery stores remaining open warn they will only last a few days if no supplies can enter the city.
Appeals to end the fighting have come from across the region and the globe, including the African Union, Arab League and East African bloc IGAD.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned an escalation in the fighting would “further aggravate the already precarious humanitarian situation”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the warring rivals to agree on an “immediate cessation of violence” and start talks.
Despite the wide calls for a ceasefire, the two generals have appeared in no mood for talks with each one calling the other “criminal”.
While Sudan has endured since independence decades of multiple bitter civil wars, coups and rebellions, Sudanese analyst Kholood Khair said the level of fighting inside the capital was “unprecedented”.
“This is the first time in Sudan’s history – certainly in its independence history – that there has been this level of violence in the centre, in Khartoum,” she said.
Fighting also raged in other parts of Sudan including the western Darfur region and in the eastern border state of Kassala.
The 2021 coup by the generals derailed a transition to civilian rule following the 2019 ouster of Bashir, triggering international aid cuts and sparking near-weekly protests met by a deadly crackdown.
Burhan, who rose through the ranks under the three-decade rule of now-jailed Bashir, has said the coup was “necessary” to include more factions in politics.
Daglo later called the coup a “mistake” that failed to bring about change and reinvigorated remnants of Bashir’s regime ousted by the army in 2019 following mass protests.