Following the paramilitary force battling Sudanese army was branded a ‘rebel’group by the country’s army chief on Monday, it has emerged that the European Union ambassador to Sudan was attacked in his home in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.
“A few hours ago the EU ambassador in Sudan was assaulted in his own residence,” Borrell posted on Twitter“ security of diplomatic premises and staff is a primary responsibility of Sudanese authorities and an obligation under international law,”he added.
The European Union’s ambassador to Sudan is a veteran Irish diplomat Aidan O’Hara.
Nabila Massrali the EU spokeswoman told AFP that the diplomat was okay following the assault. The conflict between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has so far killed at least 97 civilians and close to 45 soldiers according to medics group.
The UN envoy has put the death toll to close to 180 according to the UN special representative to the country Volker Perthes.
Hospitals have been damaged in the City
However both sides claimed on Monday that they had made gains as smoke hung over the capital Khartoum.
Residents reported that air strikes, artillery fire and shooting have cut off basic services and damaged hospitals in a city that is unused to violence.
The Khartoum violence and in nearby cities of Omdurman and Bahri since Saturday are in the worst of decades. There is risk of Sudan being torn in two military factions that once shared power during a rocky political transition.
Egypt for long has been wary of political change in Khartoum and is the biggest backer of Sudan’s armed forces. Hemedti has cultivated ties with several foreign powers including the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
The situation didn’t seem to be calming down on Monday as neither side was willing to back down while the army is larger and has air power the RSF is widely deployed inside neighborhoods of Khartoum and other cities making it hard for either sides to secure a quick victory.
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