According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the ongoing conflict in Sudan has resulted in the deaths of over 400 individuals and injuries to more than 3,500 others.
WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris shared with reporters at a Geneva press briefing that 413 people have been killed and 3,551 others have been injured. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF also reported that nine children have been killed and over 50 have been wounded.
Despite calls for a ceasefire from world leaders, Sudan’s warring factions continue to engage in heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital city of Khartoum and other parts of the country.
Since the outbreak of violence on Saturday between forces loyal to Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, also known as Hemeti, over 300 people have been killed and thousands more injured.
The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reported that during the start of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting, several areas of Khartoum were bombarded with heavy airstrikes.
Khartoum, with a population of five million, has seen some of the most intense fighting with tanks firing and air strikes targeting densely populated districts. As a result, the majority of the population is currently without electricity, food or water, and communications are heavily disrupted.
Both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have urged for a ceasefire lasting at least three days to be implemented to mark Eid. Despite these calls, the sound of gunfire and explosions can still be heard in Khartoum.