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KHARTOUM, Sudan — The Sudanese army and a strong paramilitary group battled for management of the chaos-stricken nation for a second day Sunday, signaling they had been unwilling to finish hostilities regardless of mounting diplomatic strain to stop hearth.

A docs’ group stated at the least 56 civilians had been killed and that it believed there have been dozens of extra deaths among the many rival forces. The Sudan Medical doctors’ Syndicate stated near 600 folks had been wounded, together with civilians and fighters.

The clashes capped months of heightened tensions between the army and its partner-turned-rival, the Fast Assist Forces group. These tensions had delayed a deal with political parties to get the nation again to its short-lived transition to democracy, which was derailed by an October 2021 army coup.

Heavy preventing raged early Sunday morning within the capital of Khartoum and the adjoining metropolis of Omdurman, There have been fierce clashes across the army headquarters, Khartoum Worldwide Airport and state tv headquarters, stated Tahani Abass, a outstanding rights advocate.

“The battles haven’t stopped,” she stated from her household house near the army headquarters. “They’re capturing towards one another within the streets. It’s an all-out warfare in residential areas.”

Abass stated her household spent the night time huddling on the bottom ground of their house. “Nobody was capable of sleep and the children had been crying and screaming with each explosion,” she stated. Sounds of gunfire had been heard whereas she was talking to The Related Press.

Army jets additionally pounded RSF bases throughout the capital.

The army and the RSF each claimed to be in charge of strategic places in Khartoum and elsewhere within the county. Their claims couldn’t be independently verified.

Each side signaled late Saturday that they had been unwilling to barter.

The army, headed by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, referred to as for dismantling the RSF, which it labeled a “rebellious militia.” The pinnacle of the RSF, Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, informed the satellite tv for pc information community Al Arabyia that he dominated out negotiations. Dagalo referred to as on Burhan to give up.

In the meantime, diplomatic strain gave the impression to be mounting.

Prime diplomats, together with the U.S. Secretary of State, the U.N. secretary-general, the EU international coverage chief, the top of the Arab League and the top of the African Union Fee urged the perimeters to cease preventing. Members of the U.N. Safety Council, at odds over different crises around the globe, referred to as for a direct finish of the hostilities and a return to dialogue.

Arab states with stakes in Sudan — Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — made related appeals.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated he consulted with the international ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “We agreed it was important for the events to instantly finish hostilities with out pre-condition,” he stated in a press release early Sunday.

The current tensions stem from disagreement over how the RSF, headed by Dagalo, should be integrated into the armed forces and what authority ought to oversee the method. The merger is a key situation of Sudan’s unsigned transition settlement with political teams.

Professional-democracy activists have blamed Burhan and Dagalo for abuses towards protesters throughout the county over the previous 4 years, together with the lethal break-up of a protest camp outdoors the army’s headquarters in Khartoum in June 2019 that killed over 120 protesters. Many teams have repeatedly referred to as for holding them accountable. The RSF has lengthy been accused of atrocities linked to the Darfur battle.

Related Press author Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed.