Pakistan embassy in Sudan Capital Khartoum came under attack on Wednesday due to ongoing clashes between the army and paramilitaries, which has killed around more than 200 people, raged for a fifth day after a 24-hour truce collapsed.
In a Tweet, Pakistan embassy in Sudan stated that its office was hit by three bullets amid the clashes between Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RAF), “which causes loss to the Chancery building”.
“This is a blatant violation of the Vienna Convention as the Host Government is responsible for providing security to diplomatic missions,” it stated.
The statement urged the two parties to exercise constraint and request the government of Sudan to immediately deploy security personnel for the protection and security of Embassy.
“All Pakistanis are once again advised to stay at homes and avoid unnecessary outgoings due to deteriorating security situation,” the statement concluded.
Earlier Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Sudan and Pakistani mission was in contact with Pakistanis living in Khartoum.
Clashes in Sudan
The Clashes erupted in Sudan on Saturday between the Two forces Generals who seized power in a 2021 coup. The Sudan Military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his number two, paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, over the planned integration of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) into the regular army.
It followed a bitter dispute between them over the planned integration of the RSF into the regular army — a key condition for a final deal aimed at restoring Sudan’s democratic transition.
Earlier a day as there a rise seen in clashes after which the thousands of residents fled Sudan’s capital.
Loud explosions and heavy gunfire were heard in the capital on Wednesday morning, as witnesses said plumes of thick black smoke emanated from buildings around the army headquarters in central Khartoum.
RSF fighters atop armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks laden with heavy weapons and ammunition swarmed the streets, as the army’s fighter jets roared overhead and fired on RSF targets, the witnesses said.
In a statement, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said it had taken “full control” of the presidential palace as well as the airports in Khartoum and Merowe in the north of the country.
It said the moves came in response to attacks by the regular army on RSF bases in south Khartoum.
Civilians huddled in their homes were becoming increasingly worried as they are running out of food supplies, power outages, and a lack of running water.
Their hopes of being evacuated were dashed on Tuesday when a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire collapsed within minutes of its proposed start at 1600 GMT.