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During fighting, the Pakistan embassy in Sudan is attacked.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, was attacked on Wednesday. The fighting between the army and paramilitaries has been going on for five days now and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon.

In a statement, the embassy said, “Today, during fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, three bullets hit the Embassy of Pakistan, causing damage to the Chancery building.”

The statement said that the incident was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention because it is the job of the host government to make sure that foreign missions are safe.

In the statement, it said, “We urge the two sides to show restraint and ask the government of Sudan to immediately send security personnel to protect and secure the Embassy of Pakistan.”

Due to the worsening security situation, the embassy told all Pakistanis to stay at home and not go anywhere they didn’t have to. About a thousand people from Pakistan live in Khartoum.

Embassies said that more than 270 civilians were killed in fighting between the army and paramilitaries. This caused thousands of people to leave the city of Sudan.

The Rapid Support Forces and the army both said that they would “fully commit to a complete ceasefire” starting at 1600 GMT and lasting for 24 hours.

But at the right time, witnesses say they still heard gunfire all over Khartoum.

It was the second day in a row that a planned humanitarian ceasefire didn’t work. On Tuesday, both the army and the RSF blamed each other for breaking a truce that was set up by South Sudan.

There have been attacks on foreign officials, and Martin Griffiths, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said that the UN had heard “reports of attacks and sexual violence against aid workers.”

Governments started making plans to remove their people, which included a lot of UN staff.

On April 16, 2023, people in the city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea greet army troops who are loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. — AFP
On April 16, 2023, people in the city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea greet army troops who are loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. — AFP
On Saturday, fighting broke out between the forces of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his assistant, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who is in charge of the RSF. Both of these generals took power in a coup in 2021.

It happened after they had a very heated argument about putting the RSF into the normal army, which was one of the most important conditions for a final deal that would help Sudan get back on track with its democratic transition.

Heavy gunfire and loud explosions shook buildings in Khartoum, a city of 5 million people, as thick black smoke rose from buildings around the army offices.

RSF fighters swarmed the streets in armored cars and pickup trucks full of weapons. Witnesses said that fighter jets flew overhead and fired on RSF targets.

Residential and business buildings have been damaged by battles, and civilians who are hiding in their homes are getting more and more desperate because they are running out of food, water, and electricity.