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EU Ambassador to Sudan 'Assaulted' in Home

FILE - EU Ambassador to Sudan Aidan O'Hara (L) attends the signing ceremony of an initial deal between military and civilian leaders aimed at ending a deep crisis caused by last year's military coup, in the capital Khartoum on December 5, 2022.

BRUSSELS — The European Union ambassador to Sudan was attacked in his home in Khartoum on Monday, the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell said, as fighting between rival generals gripped the nation.

The EU's ambassador to Sudan is veteran Irish diplomat Aidan O'Hara.

"A few hours ago, the EU Ambassador in Sudan was assaulted in his own residency," Borrell wrote on Twitter, without detailing any injuries to the envoy.

"Security of diplomatic premises and staff is a primary responsibility of Sudanese authorities and an obligation under international law," he added.

EU spokeswoman Nabila Massrali told AFP that the ambassador was "OK" following the assault.

"The security of the staff is our priority," she said. "The EU delegation has not been evacuated. Security measures are being assessed."

Fighting between the Sudanese army and a rival paramilitary faction has killed around 200 people and wounded 1,800 after three days of urban warfare.

The United Nations has called for an immediate ceasefire and international bodies, including the European Union, have expressed grave concern.