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Heavy Clashes Heard In Sudanese City Of Bahri As Army Tries To Make Gains2 min read

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Sudan’s warring factions fought heavy clashes in parts of the city of Bahri on Friday, residents said, a day after both sides welcomed a new mediation effort that seeks to end a three-month war.

The fighting that broke out on 15 April has driven civilians out of the wider capital region – consisting of the cities of Khartoum, Bahri, and Omdurman – and triggered ethnically motivated attacks in the Darfur region.

TOPSHOT – Smoke billows in the distance around the Khartoum Bahri district amid ongoing fighting on July 14, 2023. War-torn Sudan’s capital experienced a communications blackout for several hours on July 14, residents said, as the army and paramilitary forces waged intense battles across Khartoum and humanitarian groups warned of worsening crises. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Regional and international mediation efforts have so far failed to end the fighting and UN officials have said Sudan could slide into civil war.

The latest attempt was launched in Egypt on Thursday. Both the army, which has close ties to Egypt, and the RSF paramilitary group welcomed the effort.

But four residents of northern Bahri told Reuters they woke to heavy early morning clashes between the two sides, apparently centred around the Halfaya bridge.

The army has conducted more ground operations in recent weeks, particularly in Omdurman.

The Bahri residents said they heard air strikes, artillery fire, and gunshots, continuing into the afternoon.

An army source said the army had succeeded in pushing the RSF out of neighbourhoods in the far north of the city, but the RSF said in a statement they were able to defeat the forces and claimed to kill hundreds.

Residents of the wider capital area reported a communications outage for several hours in the morning.

Other eyewitnesses reported clashes around an army base in southern Khartoum as well.

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