Smoke billowed behind buildings in Khartoum as fighting between Sudan's warring generals intensified, June 2, 2023. /CFP
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani agreed on Friday to launch a joint initiative to support and provide relief to people in Sudan.
During a phone conversation, both leaders emphasized that the initiative aims to provide humanitarian and relief services to Sudanese people, especially refugees, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.
The two leaders also stressed the importance of intensive work to contain the humanitarian situation in Sudan, facilitating the flow of relief aid, and sparing civilians the repercussions of the fighting, according to the statement.
Sudan's warring parties fought in the capital on Friday after the collapse of talks to maintain a ceasefire and ease a humanitarian crisis. Residents of Khartoum and Omdurman across the Nile said the army had resumed air strikes and was using more artillery, but said there was no sign the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was retreating from the streets and homes it had occupied.
Sudan has witnessed deadly armed clashes between the Sudanese Army and the RSF in capital Khartoum and other areas since April 15.
"We are suffering so much from this war. Since this morning there have been sounds of violence. We're living in terror. It is a real nightmare," said Shehab al-Din Abdalrahman, 31, in a southern district of Khartoum.
A medical center riddled with bullet holes at the Souk Sitta (Market Six) in the south of Khartoum, Sudan, June 1, 2023. /CFP
Seven weeks of clashes between the Sudanese Army and RSF have smashed up parts of central Khartoum, threatened to destabilize the wider region, displaced 1.2 million people inside Sudan and sent 400,000 others into neighboring states.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned attacks on civilians and called on the factions to cease hostilities and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country, according to a statement.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently said over 1 million people have been displaced since the conflict began, fleeing to safer locations inside and outside Sudan.
(With input from agencies)