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Sudan crisis: Actress Asia Abdelmajid killed in Khartoum crossfire

A well-known actress named Asia Abdelmajid was killed in the fighting in Khartoum's north, startling the locals who now find that friends and family members had joined the battle.

Abdelmajid, who turned 80 this year, originally rose to fame for her stage appearances in the Pamseeka production in 1965. It was screened at Omdurman's national theatre to mark the anniversary of Sudan's first uprising against a coup leader.

Before quitting theatre and entering education, she was considered as a theatre pioneer and the country's first professional stage actress.

Her family claims that she was buried within hours after being shot on Wednesday morning on the premises of the kindergarten where she had most recently worked. It was too dangerous to bring her to a cemetery.

According to the BBC, it is unclear who shot the woman in the head during the skirmishes in the northern suburb of Bahri. But the army, which prefers to attack from the air, is still being fought by paramilitary fighters of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who are stationed in their bases in residential areas all over the city.

The RSF claims that on Wednesday, the military attempted to send out members of the police's special force unit, but that the unit rejected their ground offensive.

In order to prevent the dispute from escalating into a full-scale war, UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged the combatants to immediately halt their hostilities.

"The Sudanese factions have agreed to a new seven-day truce beginning on Thursday, but none of us are holding our breath because they are currently supposed to be observing a humanitarian ceasefire and previous ones have failed."

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