The U.N. secretary-general says Sudan is on the brink of a ‘full-scale civil war’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that Sudan is on the brink of a “full-scale civil war” due to clashes between rival generals.

Driving the news: Sudan descended into chaos after tension between Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan and Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo escalated into open fighting in mid-April.
* This fighting comes 18 months after the two generals led a coup that overthrew a Western-backed transition government, ending hopes of a peaceful transition to democracy.
* These clashes have resulted in over 3,000 deaths and 6,000 injuries, while nearly 3 million people have fled their homes either to safer areas within Sudan or to neighboring countries.

What’s happening on the ground: Battles continue across urban areas, turning cities into warzones.
* On Saturday, an airstrike in Omdurman that killed at least 22 people was one of the deadliest assaults in the conflict to date.
* Western region of Darfur has experienced some of the worst fighting, with large-scale violence and casualties. U.N. officials report an ethnic dimension to the violence, with Arab militias reportedly targeting non-Arab tribes.

Failed attempts to end violence: Various attempts to stop the fighting, including talks in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah brokered by Saudi Arabia and the United States, have remained unsuccessful.
* Egypt plans to host a meeting on Thursday in an effort to establish “effective mechanisms” that could bring a peaceful settlement in coordination with other international and regional efforts.

International implications: Guterres warned that the war between the Sudanese military and the paramilitary force could destabilize the entire region.

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