Saturday, February 24, 2024

Landmark skyscraper among Khartoum buildings engulfed in flames

(BBC News) Buildings have caught fire in Sudan’s capital after heavy fighting between the army and rival forces.

Videos posted online on Sunday showed the iconic Greater Nile Petroleum Oil Company Tower engulfed in flames.

“This is truly painful,” said Tagreed Abdin, an architect of the building, in a post on X.

Air strikes and ground battles have continued in Khartoum and other towns and cities since fighting broke out in April.

Over one million people have been forced to flee the country, the UN has said.

Located near the River Nile, the 18-storey oil firm skyscraper is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Khartoum.

Abdin said it defined the skyline of the city, and lamented “such senseless destruction.”

It is not yet clear what caused the building’s cone-like structure, which has a glass facade, to catch fire. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-66837026

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