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Death toll from clashes in Sudan soars to 185; India sets up control room to assist its citizens in view of the current situation

In Sudan, at least 185 people  killed and 1,800 were injured in three days of fighting between rival factions the states. The overall death toll could be much higher because clashes in Khartoum have prevented the removal of bodies in some areas.

The outbreak of violence over the weekend has trapped millions of people in their homes, while supplies are running low in several areas.

The regular army and the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) issued statements accusing one another of violating the ceasefire. The army’s top command stated that operations to secure the capital and other districts would continue.

The conflict between Sudan’s military leader and his deputy on the ruling council erupted four days ago, derailing an internationally supported plan for a civilian democracy transition four years after Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir was deposed by mass protests and two years after a military coup.

The war has resulted in what the UN has termed as a humanitarian disaster, including the near-collapse of the health system.  United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the outbreak of fighting in Sudan and called for an immediate ceasefire to restore calm and dialogue to resolve the crisis.

India has set up a control room to assist its citizens in Sudan in view of the current situation in that country. The control room set up by the External Affairs Ministry is to provide information and assistance to the Indian citizen. The 24×7 toll-free helpline numbers are 1800 11 8797, 91-11-23012113, 91-11-23014104, and 91-11-23017905. The email is situationroom@mea.gov.in.
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