Violent clashes continue in Sudan's capital with warring sides trading accusations

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Violent clashes continued on Monday between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), with the two sides accusing each other of targeting vital infrastructures in the capital Khartoum.

The SAF accused the RSF of leading a systematic military campaign to destroy the capital Khartoum.

"The militia committed a series of fires targeting a number of major and important economic institutions and commercial buildings, which are among the pillars of the country's national economy," Sudan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry urged the international community, governments, and international, regional, and human rights organizations to condemn the RSF crimes and classify it as a terrorist group.

Video clips released on social media platforms on Sunday and Monday, and verified by Xinhua, showed fire and flames engulfing government buildings and headquarters west of the Sudanese army's General Command in central Khartoum.

The fire destroyed the tower of the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, one of the largest oil companies in the country and also engulfed the building of the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization and the tower of the Sudanese Ministry of Justice.

The RSF, meanwhile, denied targeting government headquarters and accused the SAF of doing so.

"The Sudanese army warplanes continued deliberate bombardment of infrastructure and vital areas in Khartoum with the aim of destroying them," the RSF said on its page on social media platform X.

Eyewitnesses said that the clashes on Monday focused on the neighborhoods of Burri and Imtidat Nasir in eastern Khartoum. An eyewitness told Xinhua that the SAF launched strikes on the RSF bases in the Al-Mugran area and at the entrance to the Tuti Island Bridge in central Khartoum.

The independent Sudan Tribune news portal, meanwhile, said that there were also violent clashes at Al-Rashid city, north of the Jabal Awliya locality, south of Khartoum.

Sudan has been witnessing deadly clashes between the SAF and the RSF in Khartoum and other areas since April 15, resulting in at least 3,000 deaths and more than 6,000 injuries, according to figures released by the Sudanese Health Ministry.

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