The shooting in Khartoum was heard near the headquarters of the Sudanese army and the RSF and the Ministry of Defense in the center of the capital. According to Reuters, columns of smoke can be seen in various parts of the city, between which people are running in panic.
In addition to the presidential palace, RSF claims to have taken control of Khartoum’s airport and territory in the north of the country. At the same time, the army states that it continues to control all airports and bases.
Fighting is reported near the town of Merowe in the north of the country. The army had already complained on Thursday that the transfer of RSF forces took place without coordination with it, which is why it called it illegal.
Both sides blame each other for the attack. In a statement on Saturday, RSF called the army’s action a “brutal attack” and called for its condemnation.
The conflict erupted after months of rising tensions as the army and RSF negotiated unsuccessfully to transfer power to civilian hands.
The signing of an internationally supported agreement with political parties to restore the country’s civilian system of government based on a plurality of parties has been postponed. The army wants to sign it within two years, the RSF in ten years. The RSF also does not like that they should become part of the army.
After the 2021 coup, the country is ruled by the Sovereign Council, headed by the head of the army, General Abdal Fatah Burhan. The RSF is led by General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, who is the council’s vice president.
There are protests against the military government in Sudan, Prime Minister Hamduk has resigned
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