The war in Sudan enters its 100th day

(Reuters) – Fighting continued in parts of Sudan on Sunday, marking the 100th day of a conflict that has so far failed to stop as regional and international powers attempt to mediate between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

More than 3 million people have been displaced, including at least 700,000 who have fled to neighboring countries, since the start of the power struggle on 15 April between the forces of General Abdel Fattah al-Borhan and the FSR of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedati”.

According to health ministry figures, 1,136 people died in the clashes. However, representatives believe the actual toll is higher.

Neither side has managed to claim victory, with the FSR taking the lead on the ground in the capital, Khartoum, while the army has a superior strike force, particularly through the air force.

Infrastructure and government services have collapsed in Khartoum, while fighting has intensified in the west of the country, especially in the fragile region of Darfur, as well as in the south, where a rebel group has sought to expand its regional presence.

Over the weekend, the RSF advanced to villages in Gezira province, south of Khartoum, where, according to witnesses, the army carried out airstrikes.

Eyewitnesses said clashes have continued since Thursday in residential areas of Nyala, one of the country’s largest cities, in South Darfur. At least 20 people were killed there, according to medical sources, while the United Nations said 5,000 families were displaced.

This violence has also led to ethnic attacks by Arab militias and RSF in West Darfur. Hundreds of thousands have fled the region to reach Chad.

While both the army and the RSF participated in peace talks overseen by regional and international actors, no permanent ceasefire was achieved.

While both camps have sent delegations to Saudi Arabia to resume talks, the Sudanese foreign minister on Friday condemned that the talks are not taken seriously at the moment.

(Khalid Abdelaziz in Dubai, Nafisa Eltahir in Cairo, Mohamed Nurheldin Abdullah in Khartoum; Reporting by Jean Terzien, French Edition)

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