UN Secretary of State Antonio Lifshitz says the situation in Sudan “is fragile”: Observational monitoring of the ongoing military–government fighting
Sudan’s history has been turbulent in recent times. Both the military and the RSF helped depose former long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in 2019, following a huge civilian uprising. The RSF, accused of killing hundreds of protesters and widescale humanrights abuses, took power again in a coup in 2021, after the brief return to civilian rule.
Videos posted on social media seem to show the unfolding conflict, including air force jets patrolling the skies, soldiers firing in the streets of the capital, armored vehicles speeding through residential streets and civilians running and taking shelter. Three civilians have died in the fighting, according to doctors.
“Escalation of tensions within the military component to direct fighting is extremely dangerous. I urgently call on senior military leaders to stop the fighting,” he said.
In December, the army agreed to hand power back to a civilian-led government this month, but the plan has been held back by tensions between the army and RSF over who should lead and become de facto head of state prior to elections.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is watching the situation in Sudan with concern and would like to see the parties to the conflict take care of themselves in order to ensure the best interests of the Sudanese people.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan where there are ongoing military clashes,” British Embassy in Sudan said in a tweet. “We advise all British Nationals in Sudan to remain indoors and follow our travel advice for more updates.”
Ambassador John Godfrey said that he woke up to the sounds of gunfire and fighting as he arrived in Khartoum. He urged all senior military leaders to stop the fighting.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that the situation in Khartoum is “fragile” when asked by a reporter to comment during a presser in Vietnam.
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