Sudan entered into a fierce war, which was what the Sudanese people feared, following hit-and-run battles, with heavy weapons and warplanes, between the army led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces led by his opponent, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti.”
The whistling of bells, the explosions of shells, and the roar of warplanes terrified the residents of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and some other cities of the country, following the outbreak of fighting in the early morning hours, yesterday (Saturday), and both sides claimed that they had achieved tactical victories over the other, launching a media war.
The Rapid Support Forces said, in a statement, that it had taken control of several strategic areas, including the residence of the army commander, Lieutenant General Al-Burhan, the presidential palace, and a number of army units in Omdurman, in addition to a number of airports. In turn, the army confirmed its control of \”all strategic sites.\” He also referred to his control of the presidential palace, the headquarters of the general command, and the international airport.
In the battles, the two sides used heavy weapons, tanks, and warplanes, which bombed sites of the Rapid Support Forces, while the latter bombed airports and military bases. 3 people were killed in El-Obeid, capital of Kordofan state, and several others were injured in the capital and other cities.
The first shots were fired around nine in the morning in the south of Khartoum; Where the Rapid Support Forces are stationed in the \”Sports City\”. The Rapid Support Forces said, in a statement, that the army forces attacked their positions, and that they were forced to defend themselves, while the army said, in a statement issued by its official spokesman, that it responded to a “insidious” attack by the support forces simultaneously on all its sites and headquarters across the country. It caused huge losses.
Yesterday, Arab and international positions stressed the need for calm and the predominance of the language of dialogue in Sudan in the aftermath of the confrontations. The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deep concern and called, in a statement on the military component and all political leaders, to \”give priority to the language of dialogue, restraint, wisdom and uniting the ranks in an effort to complete the framework agreement that aims to reach a political declaration under which political stability and economic recovery will be achieved.\”
It also called on other Arab and international countries to stop the fighting immediately, to exercise maximum restraint, to give priority to the public interest, and to spare civilians the consequences of the fighting.