Sudan fighting in its ninth day: Here is a list of key events
Refugees flee to Chad, looters take UN aid trucks and several countries evacuate embassy staff during heavy fighting.
Published On 23 Apr 2023
Here is the situation on Sunday, April 23, 2023:
- Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said that after a brief lull in hostilities overnight, heavy fighting resumed in the morning with plumes of smoke seen rising above the capital’s skyline.
- Residents in the city of Omdurman across the Nile from Khartoum also reported heavy shelling and air raids.
Civilians and casualties
- The United Nations said more than 400 people have been killed and more than 3,500 injured in the fighting.
- Thousands of people are fleeing Khartoum and the western region of Darfur to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad.
- Widespread food, water and electricity shortages continue.
- The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors and Sudan’s Doctors Union estimated that nearly 70 percent, or 39 out of 59 hospitals, in Khartoum and nearby states have closed.
- Reports of the worst violence have come from Darfur. A UN update on Saturday said looters had taken at least 10 World Food Programme vehicles and six other food trucks after overrunning the agency’s offices and warehouses in Nyala in South Darfur.
- The aid group Doctors Without Borders appealed for safe passage. “We need ports of entry where we can bring specialist trauma staff and medical supplies,” said Abdalla Hussein, Sudan operations manager for the medical charity.
- More than 150 students from the International University of Africa in Khartoum arrived in the southeastern city of Gadarif so they can be evacuated to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to government sources.
- In the city of Darduk, north of Khartoum, people held rallies to demand an end to hostilities.
- Internet service is nearly entirely down in Sudan, according to the organisation NetBlocks.
- France began to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic staff from Sudan.
- The US military evacuated US embassy staff from Khartoum, President Joe Biden said late on Saturday as he called for an end to the “unconscionable” fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group.
- Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that the Netherlands has also joined an international effort to evacuate its citizens from Sudan.
- The UK said it is “integrated” into the operations of international partners to evacuate staff.
- Saudi Arabia evacuated Gulf citizens from Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Jordan plans to use the same route to evacuate its nationals.
- South Korea said a military plane is in Djibouti and arrangements will be made to evacuate its nationals from Sudan.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies