Sudan's Foreign Ministry on Sunday declared 15 Emirati diplomats persona non grata, giving their embassy "48 hours" to "leave the country," the official Suna news agency reported. In recent weeks, protesters have jeered the United Arab Emirates, while senior members of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane's army have accused Abu Dhabi of supporting his rival, General Mohamed Hamdane Daglo, who heads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Many people have been displaced by the war. ZOHRA BENSEMRA / REUTERS
The two generals have been at war for power since April 15. In August, the U.S. Wall Street Journal quoted Ugandan officials as saying they had found weapons on a cargo plane that was supposed to be carrying Emirati humanitarian aid to Sudanese refugees in Chad. The United Arab Emirates immediately denied this.
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According to experts, both sides in Sudan have support from foreign countries, with neighbouring Egypt backing General Burhane and the Emirates helping its rival. Since 15 April, "about seven million people have been displaced, the largest displacement in the world," according to Clementine Nkweta-Salami, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Sudan. The UN has put the death toll at 12,000, she adds, a figure that is likely to be underestimated as large swathes of the country are cut off from the world.