The Grand Nile Petroleum Oil Company tower in Khartoum on April 21, 2023 (© Mohamed Khader/Xinhua via Zuma Press, ANSA)
On Sunday, the Greater Nile Petroleum Company Tower, one of the most representative skyscrapers in the skyline of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, was severely damaged by fire during fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, the paramilitary group that has taken control of the country. It has been trying to control the country since April. It is unclear how the fire broke out. There is currently no news of any injuries or deaths due to the damage to the building.
The Grand Nile Petroleum Company Tower was completed in 2010. The skyscraper is 18 stories tall and is the headquarters of the oil company that bears its name.
Khartoum and other cities in Sudan have suffered severe damage in recent months due to the ongoing civil war, which, according to the United Nations, has caused the migration of more than a million people from the country. It is difficult to know the exact number of people who have died due to the war because many hospitals are closed and local governments are unable to provide official statistics. According to data collected by the United Nations as of August, more than 4,000 people had been killed.
On Saturday, the Rapid Support Forces attacked some army-controlled areas in Khartoum, and in addition to the Grand Nile Oil Company tower, some government buildings were burned. The army, in turn, attacked areas controlled by the paramilitary group.
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