More than 180 people have been killed and another 1,800 injured in three days of fighting between rival factions in Sudan, the United Nations special representative to the country said Monday, APA reports citing AFP.
"It's a very fluid situation so it's very difficult to say where the balance is shifting to," Volker Perthes added of the violence between the army and paramilitary forces led by rival generals.
Intense fighting in Sudan is continuing for a third day, sparking growing alarm among foreign governments and international organizations as the death toll ticks higher, APA reports citing CNN.
Clashes first erupted Saturday between the country’s military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
Much of the conflict is concentrated in the capital Khartoum, where the army headquarters and presidential palace are located.
There were increased airstrikes around Khartoum Airport and Sudanese Army garrison sites, eyewitnesses said.
There were also reports of battles hundreds of miles away in the eastern city of Port Sudan and the western Darfur region over the weekend.
As of Monday, at least 97 people have been killed, according to the Preliminary Committee of Sudanese Doctors trade union. Earlier on Sunday, the World Health Organization estimated more than 1,126 were injured.
he conflict has put other countries and organizations on high alert, with the United Nations’ World Food Program temporarily halting all operations in Sudan after three employees were killed in clashes on Saturday.