The ongoing unrest in Sudan has intensified in the last two days as the regular army and paramilitaries continue to draw battle lines in the capital Khartoum.
According to a statement from embassies in Sudan’s capital, at least 270 civilians have been killed in five days.
“The toll has been high, with initial estimated civilian deaths of more than 270,” the US Embassy wrote in a statement signed by 14 other diplomatic missions.
Thousands of residents have been seen fleeing from the capital where witnesses reported bodies in the streets with no end in sight.
The Rapid Support Forces paramilitaries had promised to complete a ceasefire but gunfire continued in Khartoum from the appointed time and into Wednesday night, according to witnesses.
Evacuation plans have been difficult to orchestrate, as foreign diplomats have been attacked and the UN received reports of sexual violence against aid workers.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced he would meet Thursday with the heads of the African Union, the Arab League and the regional bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
The violence erupted on Saturday between forces of the two generals who seized power in a 2021 coup: army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo who commands the RSF.
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