Fierce fighting continues in Sudan between the country’s armed forces and a paramilitary force. Fighting in the capital Khartoum continued throughout Wednesday, eyewitnesses wrote on Twitter.

Artillery fire could also be heard in the capital late in the evening, as a reporter from the German Press Agency reported on site. Previously, the hope of a ceasefire had been shattered again. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 296 people have died and more than 3,000 have been injured.

The country’s two most powerful generals and their units have been fighting for supremacy in Sudan since Saturday. The two men have led the northeast African country of around 46 million people since a joint military coup in 2021. De facto President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the commander-in-chief of the army, is fighting his deputy, Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, the leader of the powerful Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Scholz: The situation is difficult and threatening

The paramilitary group RSF had declared its readiness for a ceasefire from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Unlike on Tuesday, the rival Sudanese army did not agree to a ceasefire yesterday, but only a few minutes after it officially began. According to the reporter, the fighting continued this time.

Since Sunday, several ceasefires have been repeatedly broken by both sides. Both the USA and mediators from the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the Northeast African regional association Igad had repeatedly tried unsuccessfully to persuade both parties to the conflict to agree to ceasefires.

For the Germans living in Sudan, the situation remains uncertain. The federal government initially canceled an evacuation mission of German citizens with Bundeswehr machines from Sudan because of the security situation yesterday. In the evening, Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the situation in Sudan as difficult and threatening.

39 hospitals out of order

The situation for the Sudanese worsens with every day of fighting. In Khartoum, the population has been stuck in their apartments and houses for days, often without electricity and without being able to get food, water or medicine. The medical infrastructure is also being increasingly affected by the fighting in the country.

According to the Sudanese Medical Committee, 39 of the 59 hospitals and clinics in the capital region were out of order. Some hospitals were bombed, others were attacked and looted, it said. “The attacks on health care are a flagrant violation of international law and the right to health,” the WHO said. In the South Darfur region, which is also contested, the Sudanese armed forces are said to have had the situation largely under control by the evening, according to several eyewitness reports.