Sudan: At least 25 dead in hostilities - 183 injured, including two Greeks


At least 25 people have been killed and 183 others injured, including two Greeks, in clashes raging across Sudan.

The Sudanese Medical Association told Reuters this evening was unable to determine whether all the victims were civilians.

Two people were killed at Khartoum airport, four in the neighbouring town of Omdurman, eight in Nyala town, six in El-Obeid town and five in El Fasher town, the source added.

At the same time, Sudan's armed forces launched airstrikes against a base of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group in the city of Omdurman, eyewitnesses told Reuters news agency on Saturday night into Sunday, as hostilities that broke out yesterday continued.

The Sudanese Air Force this evening urged citizens to stay at home or indoors as it conducts a full aerial search of areas where the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) is operating, according to a statement posted on the armed forces' Facebook page. .

An eyewitness told Reuters late this evening that civilians could hear the sounds of explosions in the airport area in central Khartoum.

The Metropolitan of Nubia and all Sudan, Savvas, stated that at the time of the service of the first Resurrection, the church was surrounded by tanks and soldiers. The situation was dangerous, he said, so the service was cut short.

The two Greeks who had alerted the situation outside the church when they left the building to return from their residence were seriously injured by a rocket. Both, said Savvas, have been transferred to a hospital where it will be decided whether they will be operated on or not.

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"They are hitting the Metropolis with bullets, there are Greek flags outside and this has never happened before. The situation is very bad, smoke is coming from everywhere. Apparently ministries have been hit because around the Metropolis are the ministries of foreign, interior, justice, the palace. Apparently they're hitting the ministries I imagine because you can't go out it's very dangerous," he added.

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The situation in the city of Khartoum is dangerous, the honorary unpaid consul of Greece, Gerasimos Pagoulatos, told ERT, who added that in any case, no one can go out of their residence because there are stray bullets.

Recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, due to the evolving security situation in Sudan, recommends that Greek citizens avoid non-essential travel to this country .

Greece has no diplomatic authority in Sudan. Competent is the Embassy of Greece in Cairo. (contact numbers (00202) 27955915, (00202) 27959443, (00202)27951074 and emergency number 00201 220940119).

The Ministry's announcement:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, considering the security situation in Sudan, recommends that Greek citizens avoid non-essential travel to this country.

At the same time, Greek citizens who are already there are advised to regularly update themselves on developments, to avoid unnecessary travel and to observe the maximum possible security measures.

Greece does not have a diplomatic authority in Sudan, our Embassy in Cairo is responsible (contact numbers (00202) 27955915, (00202) 27959443, (00202)27951074 and emergency number 00201 220940119).

Sudanese capital declares Sunday a public holiday for citizens' safety

As heavy clashes continue between the Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group, the capital of Khartoum declared Sunday a public holiday.

The Khartoum State Security Committee said it took the measure "in order to preserve lives of citizens and their property."

The committee has been in permanent session since the fighting broke out Saturday morning, it said in a statement.

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Sudan's military called on civilians to stay inside as warplanes conduct sweeps looking for troops from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

“The Sudanese Air Force will conduct a complete sweep of the rebel Rapid Support militia's presence. The Air Force calling on all citizens to stay inside their houses and not to go out,” the General Command of the Sudanese Army said in a statement.

Key context: The forces deemed a rebel militia by Sudan's army were, until recently, allies of the Sudanese military and its chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The two sides worked together during a coup in 2021, but have recently developed tensions as they negotiate plans to integrate the RSF into the army.

The two forces broke into open conflict Saturday morning, according to leaders from both sides.

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