Rocket fire on residential areas in one of Darfur’s main cities and shelling near hospitals in North Kordofan state have resulted in the deaths of at least 20 Sudanese civilians.
According to the doctors’ union, since Friday morning, shells have been fired near four hospitals in El-Obeid, the state capital of North Kordofan, leaving four civilians dead and 45 injured.
The local attorneys’ organisation in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, said that 16 civilians had been killed by rocket fire.
Since combat broke out in mid-April between competing Sudanese generals vying for power, the Darfur region, already devastated by terrible conflict in the early 2000s, has witnessed some of the worst of the violence.
“During an exchange of rocket fire between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), 16 civilians were killed on Friday, according to a preliminary toll,” the lawyers’ union said.
Additionally, it stated that a sniper had murdered at least one man.
Tens of thousands of people have reportedly fled across the border since fighting broke out in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, which is close to Chad.
A conservative estimate places the death toll from the battle, which began on April 15 in the nation’s capital Khartoum and eventually moved to Darfur, at least 3,000 people killed across the whole country of Sudan.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the army, is pitted against Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, his former deputy and the leader of the paramilitary RSF.