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Sudan. Josep Borrell: EU ambassador attacked in his own residence

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The European Union’s ambassador to Sudan, Aidan O’Hara, was attacked on Monday at his residence in Khartoum, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. At least 185 people have died as a result of the ongoing fighting in Sudan.

“A few hours ago, the EU ambassador in Sudan was assaulted in his residence,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.

“This is a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention. The security of premises and diplomatic personnel is a fundamental duty of the Sudanese authorities and an obligation under international law,” Borrell stressed, without giving further details of the incident.

According to the AFP agency, Nabila Massrali, spokeswoman for the European Commission for foreign policy, informed that nothing happened to the EU ambassador.

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White House: We call for an immediate truce

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that USA are in contact with both sides of the fighting in Sudan and call on them for an immediate ceasefire. He also announced that he had no plans to evacuate US citizens from Sudan, and that all US diplomats staying there were safe.

He warned the Americans remaining in Khartoum to take the situation with the utmost seriousness and take shelter in a safe place. He added that the administration did not plan to evacuate Americans from Sudan due to the uncertain security situation and the closed airport in the capital Khartoum.

When asked about reports of an armored car belonging to the American embassy being shot at, the spokesman could not confirm or deny the information, but added that all American diplomats are safe and protected.

Bloody fighting in Sudan

At least 185 people have been killed in the fighting that has been raging in Sudan since Saturday, an EU envoy told Reuters on Monday. Both sides in the conflict that flared up Saturday in Sudan claimed on Monday that they had gained the upper hand.

In the capital of the country – Khartoum, the electricity supply was cut off, the water supply system and hospitals did not work. Envoy UN to Sudan, Volker Perthes said the two sides had shown no sign of willingness to negotiate, Reuters reported.

“Both belligerents show no signs of seeking mediation to stop the fighting,” Perthes, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Sudan (UNITAMS), said in a video broadcast from Khartoum.

At least 185 people were killed in the third day of fightingMOHND AWAD/PAP/EPA

Fighting in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum

It is not clear who is in power in the country. The army reports to the military government of Sudan, headed by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Rapid Relief Forces to his deputy, General Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo.

As part of the changes proposed by the government, the RSF was to be incorporated into the regular armed forces, but the generals could not agree on the date when this should take place, and the political dispute turned into armed clashes.

On Monday, there was no sign that either side was willing to back down. Sudan’s army is larger in size and has an air force, while the RSF has troops well placed in districts of Khartoum and other cities, giving neither side an advantage that could lead to a quick victory, Reuters reported.

Main photo source: MOHND AWAD/PAP/EPA



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