“In Khartoum, diplomatic missions, the ministries, and all government organs cannot carry out their duties as normal,” he said. “Because it is a war zone, there are snipers and military operations taking place. That is why no entity can now work in Khartoum.”
Extensive evidence points to the loss of civilian lives in Sudan due to indiscriminate airstrikes conducted by Gen Burhan’s forces in residential areas, with Khartoum being particularly affected.
However, the general refuted allegations that his forces intentionally targeted civilians.
“This is not correct,” he said.
“There are fabrications of some stories by the rebel forces, they bomb civilians and film it as if it was the armed forces. We are professional forces, we work with precision and select our targets in areas where only the enemy is present. We don’t bomb civilians and we don’t target residential areas.”
The former UN special representative to Sudan, Volker Perthes, told the Security Council earlier this month that “often indiscriminate aerial bombing is conducted by those who have an air force, which is the SAF”.
The conflict in Sudan has sparked renewed and intense tribal tensions, notably in Darfur in the western region.
In this area, the RSF and affiliated militias have faced accusations of committing mass killings, sexual assault, and torture.