Officials say that an air strike in the Yarmouk district of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, has killed 17 civilians, among them five children, and destroyed 25 homes.
The attack happened on Saturday, a day after a senior army officer threatened to intensify assaults against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group.
The RSF and the army have been clashing since mid-April over a power struggle within the military leadership that toppled a civilian government in a coup in 2021.
A doctors’ union says that the violence has claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 civilians and injured many more.
Despite several announcements of ceasefires to allow civilians to flee, the fighting has continued.
The RSF said that the latest strike targeted civilians in Mayo, Yarmouk, and Mandela areas. The army has not made any comment.
The conflict has also forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad, where medical facilities are overwhelmed.
Additionally, the fighting has reignited a long-standing war in Darfur, a region in western Sudan.