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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS TRY TO FLEE SUDAN AS FIGHTING CONTINUES

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Thousands of Citizens and foreign nationals have gathered at Sudan’s main seaport, in hopes of fleeing by plane or boat.

The battle for control of Sudan erupted after months of escalating tensions between the military, led by General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and a rival paramilitary group called; the Rapid Support Forces, commanded by General Mohamed Dagalo.

Shortly after the fighting erupted in Khartoum, the country’s capital in April, thousands of U.N. workers were evacuated from the city to Port Sudan.

The United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, who arrived at the Red Sea port, said he had spoken with both leaders.

At a news conference in Port Sudan, Griffiths said he was seeking guarantees from both sides for the safe passage of humanitarian aid in Sudan.

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