Violence, military and paramilitary forces clash in Africa’s Sudan, Russia appeals for ceasefire

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Violence, military and paramilitary forces clash in Africa’s Sudan, Russia appeals for ceasefire

Sudan Violence Live Updates: Fighting broke out on Saturday between the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary ‘Rapid Support Force’. Gunshots and explosions were heard several times in the morning in different parts of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. The paramilitary forces claim to control the international airport in Khartoum as well as a second airport in Meroe. The paramilitary force RSF has also claimed to have captured the presidential palace and the residence of army chief General Burhan.

Several videos appeared on social media showing armed fighters driving down the runway of the city’s international airport, manning checkpoints at key traffic intersections and walking through residential areas. During this, heavy firing was heard. According to an association of doctors, three civilians have been killed during clashes within the Sudan Armed Forces.

Meanwhile, commercial planes trying to land at Khartoum International Airport were diverted to their origin as fighting intensified. Flight tracking data showed that flights from Saudi Arabia returned after landing at the airport on Saturday. Saudia had suspended all flights from Sudan until further notice. The army has accused paramilitary forces of burning civilian aircraft at Khartoum airport after its takeover.

UN Special Representative for Sudan Volker Perthes said he contacted both sides and called for an immediate end to the fighting to ensure the safety of the Sudanese people and to protect the country from further violence. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he is very concerned about the news of the fight. Russia has appealed for a ceasefire after military and paramilitary forces clashed.

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