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Dozens killed in attack on Khartoum market, medics say

At least 35 people have been killed after a busy market in Sudan’s capital was hit by “explosive weapons”, a medical charity says.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) described it as a “massacre” and said the attack also injured more than 60 people.

Local residents say a military plane bombed the Qouro market in southern Khartoum on Sunday.

Rival military factions have been fighting since April.

On Sunday, MSF emergency coordinator Marie Burton said Khartoum “has been at war for almost six months.”

“Yet the volunteers and medical staff at Bashair Hospital are shocked and overwhelmed by the scale of the horror that has hit the city,” she added on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.

Doctors Without Borders said “explosive weapons” had become available and airstrikes and shelling continued in “another day of unthinkable suffering and loss of life.”

“We are trying to save the lives of people whose body parts were torn off by the explosion. It was a massacre,” Doctors Without Borders added.

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Sudan plunged into civil war in April after army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, fell out.

About five million people have been forced to flee their homes and thousands have been killed. Khartoum and the western region of Darfur have been hardest hit by the conflict.

The RSF controls much of Khartoum and the neighboring cities of Omdurman and Bahri.

The military has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of the cities.

An airstrike about a week ago killed at least 20 people, including two children, activists said.

The US, Saudi Arabia and other countries have tried without success to end the conflict through mediation.

Several ceasefires have been declared to allow people to escape the fighting, but these have been broken.

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