Online footage shows clouds of smoke rising from the GNPOC Tower.
An instantly recognisable office tower in the heart of Sudan’s capital is engulfed in flames as fighting between the army and a rival paramilitary group enters its sixth month.
The Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC) Tower, situated in downtown Khartoum, caught fire early on Sunday during clashes between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to Sudanese media.
It is unclear how the fire started or whether anyone was killed.
Online footage of the blaze showed clouds of dark smoke rising from the burned-out glass tower, one of the tallest buildings in Khartoum.
The latest fighting in the capital left three key landmark towers in the Al Mugran district gutted by fire: GNPOC, the Ministry of Justice, and the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization.
This is truly painful
I was the Senior Architect for Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Co. (GNPOC) HQ construction in 2006
The landmark project defined the skyline of Khartoum
Such senseless destruction#Sudan #KeepEyesOnSudan https://t.co/yRv47qJKPp pic.twitter.com/mMN8l20s4w
— Tagreed Abdin (@taggy_) September 17, 2023
Sudan has been rocked by violence since mid-April, when tensions between the country’s military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, burst into open fighting.
The conflict has reduced Khartoum to an urban war zone. In Greater Khartoum, RSF troops have commandeered civilian homes and turned them into operational bases, while the military has responded by bombing the residential areas, rights groups and activists say.
The conflict has killed more than 4,000 people, according to August figures from the UN. However, the real toll is almost certainly much higher, doctors and activists say.