Sudan has been plunged into panic as reports of heavy fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) emerged from the capital, Khartoum. According to international media reports, at least three people have been killed, and the situation remains highly volatile, with ongoing shooting and fighting.
Eyewitnesses have reported that people have been forced to flee indoors, with schools on lockdown and roads and bridges closed, leaving many people stranded on the streets. The situation is dire, and video footage shows a plane on fire at Khartoum airport.
The RSF has claimed to have taken control of several key locations, including airports and the presidential palace. However, the Sudanese army has denied the news and has said that it is currently targeting RSF bases. With conflicting reports coming out of the country, the situation remains unclear.
The US ambassador to Sudan, John Godfrey, has urged senior military leaders to stop the fighting, while the Russian embassy has called for a ceasefire. RSF commander General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo has said that he will continue to fight until all Sudanese army bases are captured and has labeled Sudan’s armed forces chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a “criminal” who will either be killed or face justice.
In addition to the clashes between the RSF and Sudanese army, there are reports that the RSF has also captured Egyptian soldiers and Egyptian MiG-29 fighters. Egypt has forces stationed in Sudan for an joint exercise and for training purposes, and the RSF appears to have targeted them as well.
The situation in Sudan is alarming, and the international community is closely monitoring the events as they unfold. As tensions continue to rise, it is essential for all parties to prioritize the safety and well-being of the Sudanese people.
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