An 18-storey building in the center of the Sudanese capital was engulfed in flames on Sunday as fighting between the military and a rival paramilitary force is entering its sixth month.
The Greater Nile Petroleum Oil Company Tower, located in the center of Khartoum, caught fire early Sunday during clashes between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, according to Sudanese media.
It is unclear how the fire started or if anyone was killed.
Online video of the fire shows clouds of dark smoke rising from the burned glass-clad tower, one of the tallest buildings in the Sudanese capital.
Sudan has been rocked by violence since mid-April, when tensions between the country’s army, led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, erupted into open fighting.
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The conflict has reduced Khartoum to an urban war zone. In the Greater Khartoum region, RSF troops commandeer civilian homes and have turned them into operational bases, while the military has responded by shelling residential areas, rights groups and activists say.
In the West Darfur region, the conflict has turned into ethnic violence, with the RSF and allied Arab militias attacking ethnic African groups, according to rights groups and the United Nations.
The conflict has killed more than 4,000 people, according to August figures from the United Nations. But the real toll is almost certainly much higher, doctors and activists say.
Last month, Amnesty International said both warring parties had committed widespread war crimes, including the deliberate killing of civilians and sexual assaults.