The fighting continues as the warring sides begin pre-negotiation talks with Saudi Arabia and the United States serving as mediators.
Here’s what it looks like on Sunday, May 7, 2023:
- Air strikes and fighting in the capital Khartoum continued, including the city of North Khartoum, which is across the Nile River from Khartoum, where warplanes and explosions were heard overnight.
- According to Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, Sudanese troops have driven the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) out of Nyala, South Darfur.
- A former school in Darfur was burned down in fighting last week, Save the Children Britain said on Saturday, adding that at least 190 children had been killed since the conflict began.
With the support of Save the Children, new photos have emerged of a former school in Darfur that burned down in fighting last week.According to United Nations estimates, at least 190 children are thought to have died since #Sudan The conflict started three weeks ago. Spox is available. pic.twitter.com/VcOXhmXxVK
— Save the Children News (@SaveUKNews) May 6, 2023
- On Saturday, the World Health Organization said 30 tons of medical supplies had arrived in Port Sudan by plane, one of the first such supplies since the fighting began. The WHO is still awaiting security and access clearances to send similar supplies to Khartoum, where the few hospitals that are still functioning have run out of supplies.
- Qatar flew to Sudan on a rescue plane, delivered about 40 tons of food and left with 150 evacuees.
- At least 550 people, including civilians, have been killed and more than 4,900 others injured since the clashes broke out on April 15 and as of May 1, according to the Sudanese Ministry of Health.
- The United Nations refugee agency estimates that the number of people who have fled Sudan could reach 860,000.
- RSF’s Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo confirmed the group’s involvement in indirect talks between the warring sides in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia and the United States have welcomed the start of these “pre-negotiation talks”, the first serious attempt to end the fighting, although both sides say they will only discuss a humanitarian truce, not an end to the war.
- White House national security adviser Jack Sullivan traveled to Saudi Arabia to mediate negotiations with the Saudi leader.
- The Sudanese Democratic Movement said the talks would be “the first step” towards ending the conflict.
- Turkey is preparing to move its embassy in Khartoum to Port Sudan after the ambassador’s car was shot at, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.