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Communal violence and civilian deaths in Sudan fuel fears of widening conflict

By Jason Burke

12 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

In Sudan, there is growing evidence that the rivalry between the two factions battling for control of the capital is aligning with deep social, economic and ethnic divides. The Guardian has the story.

The deaths of dozens of civilians in fighting in the far south of Sudan and an outbreak of communal violence in the restive Darfur region have fuelled fears that communities across the frontier regions of Africa’s third biggest country are being drawn into the bloody contest between two rival generals.

Fighting in the southern state of North Kordofan between militias aligned with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group and local brigades of the Sudanese army has centred on the strategically important state capital, El Obeid.

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