On November 5th, a devastating incident unfolded in a suburb of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, as more than 20 people lost their lives when shells struck a market, according to a statement released by a committee of pro-democracy lawyers. This tragic event marks the latest episode of bloodshed in the conflict that has been raging since April between the forces led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The pro-democracy lawyers’ committee reported that the shells hit the market in Omdurman during a fierce exchange of fire between the opposing sides. “More than 20 civilians have been killed, and others have been wounded,” stated the committee, which diligently documents rights violations and civilian casualties during the conflict.
This recent tragedy follows a similar incident on the previous day, where shells struck houses in Khartoum, claiming the lives of 15 civilians, as confirmed by a medical source. Omdurman, a city that has been a frequent battleground, witnessed yet another horrifying episode in the ongoing conflict.
While the fighting was initially concentrated in the capital and the western region of Darfur, witnesses have reported its spread to areas south of Khartoum. The toll of the Sudan conflict, as estimated by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, stands at more than 10,000 lives lost. However, aid groups and medical professionals have consistently emphasized that the actual number of casualties surpasses recorded figures, with many of the wounded and deceased individuals not reaching hospitals or morgues.
The repercussions of the war extend beyond the tragic loss of life. The conflict has forced an estimated 5.5 million people to flee their homes, both within Sudan and across borders, according to the United Nations. As the conflict continues to claim innocent lives and displace millions, the urgent need for a resolution and humanitarian aid in Sudan remains paramount.