Leader of Sudan's transitional council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan looks on after being sworn in as the Head of the newly formed transitional Council at the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, 21 August 2019. EFE/EPA/STRINGER

Renewed Sudan fighting kills at least 35

Khartoum, Sep 3 (EFE).- A fresh exchange of artillery and rocket fire in Khartoum and neighboring Omdurman killed at least 35 people on Sunday.

Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (R) attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 23 October 2019. EFE/EPA/MIKHAIL METZEL / KREMLIN POOL/SPUTNIK / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

The emergency services in the two war-ravaged regions of the North African country said dozens of civilians sustained injuries in the fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF).

According to a statement from the Karari emergency committee, artillery shells landed on residential neighborhoods near a military base in the north of Omdurman.

The bombings left 12 people dead and dozens injured, the statement said.

Separately, the emergency service in Khartoum said 23 people, including 12 civilians, died in army aerial bombardments in the Al Kalakla neighborhood.

The statement said the army targeted a school turned into a garrison by the paramilitary force in the neighborhood.

The escalation of violence in Khartoum, where the military has taken control of large areas in recent weeks, comes even as the army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, is trying to rally international support to ensure that the war that began on April 15 ends.

There is no sign of a ceasefire between the two warring sides amid intensifying fighting in the capital and the western Darfur region – a paramilitary stronghold.

Recent weeks have witnessed a surge in clashes, fueled by the intense struggle for control over strategically significant fronts.

RSF leader General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo proposed a peace roadmap on Aug. 27, emphasizing a “lasting ceasefire” with the army as the initial step towards resolving the conflict and ending the power struggle.

Burhan and Daglo jointly orchestrated a military coup in October 2021 against the transitional civilian government established after the ousting of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Over time, differences between the two generals escalated before culminating in a full-scale civil war in April after weeks of simmering tension over integrating the RSF into the military.

Both sides have blamed each other for the war, which has claimed up to 5,000 lives, displaced millions from their homes, and pushed nearly a million to flee across Sudanese borders. EFE