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Three killed and dozens injured in clashes between army and paramilitary forces in Sudan


Three people have been killed and dozens injured after clashes broke out in the Sudanese capital between the country’s army and a powerful paramilitary force.

Clashes began on Saturday morning with the Sudan Armed Forces and rapid support force (RSF) accusing the other of starting the violence.

An official with deep knowledge of the situation told Independent that the international community had failed to act on the rising tensions between the generals. The violence will stoke fears of a wider conflict in the chaos-stricken country, which is already dealing with an economic breakdown and flare-ups of tribal violence.

in a statement Sudan Two civilians died at the country’s main airport and another person was shot dead in northern Kordofan state, the doctors’ committee said.

The group did not specify how the two people died at the airport, which has been the subject of a flare-up in the violence the two armies have been fighting Control This. The group said dozens of people across the country were injured, some in unstable conditions.

Smoke rises from a Khartoum neighborhood following clashes in the Sudanese capital

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residents of Khartoum Said Independent Gunshots rang out in the capital for the first time at 6 a.m. local time and plumes of smoke rose over parts of the city.

“RSF forces came to my neighborhood this morning on Land Cruisers with small and heavy weapons,” said Ahmed, 48. Independent From the northern part of the capital, as gunshots sound in the background.

“They’re still here and it’s as if they’re on standby for something. No civilians are leaving – everyone’s taking shelter inside, the streets are empty. My 7-year-old son heard the bombing and started crying. was begging me not to go out.

He said that before he had seen the Sudanese Army Fighter planes roared over buildings and explosions were heard, with reports that RSF camps were targeted in other parts of the city.

“Everyone is very worried about what is going to happen. but it seems [RSF] The forces are not static,” he said.

“Khartoum is not Darfur – Hemedti [RSF’s chief] May be able to control some areas outside the capital but his army does not know these roads well.

Earlier, Sudan’s paramilitary RSF said they had taken control of the presidential palace, the army chief’s residence and Khartoum International Airport as part of an attempted coup. The RSF also said they had seized the northern city of Merowe and air bases in Al-Obeid in the west.

A military vehicle and soldiers are seen on a street in Khartoum

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Meanwhile, the military said that the Sudanese Air Force is conducting operations against the RSF. Footage from broadcasters showed a military plane in the sky over Khartoum, but the content could not be independently verified.

It said the RSF had tried to attack its troops at several places after reports of heavy shelling in several parts of the country.

The RSF – which analysts say is 100,000 strong and is led by former militia leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemedti – said its forces had been attacked earlier by the army, which it claimed had One of its hideouts was surrounded and fired with heavy weapons. ,

British Embassy British citizens were asked to stay indoors as authorities closely monitored the situation.

A senior UN official told Independent Tensions between the Sudanese military and the RSF had been simmering for some time and the international community had failed to act.

The UN official said several “SOS and May Day calls” had been made to the US State Department over the past week about the seriousness of the impending crisis, but had been ignored.

“The international community failed to address the biggest elephant in the room,” the UN official said.

“Number one was how do you convince Hemedti to leave his army and go on living and building a future in Sudan?”

The official said problem number two relates to the political framework agreement, designed to facilitate the country’s turbulent transition to civilian rule.

Hemedti, a billionaire with ties to the country’s gold mines, leads the militia, RSF, which has been accused of raping and killing protesters in Khartoum in 2019 and of genocidal violence in Darfur, charges he denies. Is. He currently holds the position of deputy head of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council, while still commanding its army, which analysts say numbers 100,000.

The UN official said that the international community had failed to create a “landing zone” for Hemedti.

Another source of trouble is the political framework settlement.

The official said international negotiators including the United States, Norway and the United States “were pushing this framework agreement very hard, they ignored it.” [General Abdel Fattah] Al-Burhan who said he needed to open the framework agreement because it was not representative enough.

“There was an arrogance – they said they would sanction individuals who were preventing infection.”

The RSF is led by former militia leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemedti.

(Reuters)

Civilian political parties that signed a preliminary power-sharing agreement with the army and the RSF called on them to end hostilities. Separately, the Russian and US embassies also called for an end to the violence.

UN Special Representative for Sudan Volker Perthes said on Saturday that he strongly condemned the fighting raging in the country. “Perthes has called on both sides to immediately stop the fighting to ensure the safety of the Sudanese people and to save the country from further violence,” he said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Egypt expressed serious concern over the ongoing clashes in Sudan and called on all parties to exercise restraint. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said it was equally concerned, calling on those involved to choose dialogue over the conflict.

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