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US convoy attacked as rival forces clash in Sudan

Following an attack on the EU ambassador in Khartoum and a US diplomatic convoy, the United States called on the parties to the current conflict to secure the safety of diplomatic personnel.
People run past a military vehicle amid clashes in the city, Khartoum, Sudan, April 15, 2023.

Fear for the safety of diplomatic personnel in Sudan’s capital Khartoum grew after a US diplomatic convoy came under fire on Monday and the European Union’s ambassador was assaulted.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters after the G-7 talks in Tokyo on Tuesday that no one in the convoy was hurt. “This action was reckless, it was irresponsible and of course unsafe,” he said. The US cortege was reportedly targeted by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary force that has been locked in fierce battles with troops loyal to Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s transitional governing Sovereign Council.

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