Status: 04/15/2023 12:49 p.m
There have been repeated tensions between the army and paramilitary groups in Sudan. Now the situation seems to be escalating: Shots and explosions are reported from the capital Khartoum.
Tensions between the army and paramilitary groups have escalated in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. In the morning, there were sustained gunfire and explosions in several neighborhoods, including the north, where the airport and the presidential palace are located, and the south of the city. There is the headquarters of the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which is supposed to be integrated into the state military.
The RSF said it had taken control of the presidential palace, the residence of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the international airport in the capital, Khartoum. The information could not initially be verified independently.
Earlier, the group said the army surrounded one of the RSF bases and opened fire with heavy weapons. A Reuters journalist reported that gun trucks and armored vehicles are performing in Khartoum.
Fears of another civil war
Only on Thursday did the Sudanese army warn against mobilizing the RSF. Observers assumed that the powerful RSF leader Mohammed Hamdan Daglo was making a threatening gesture against the ruler al-Burhan.
Since the fall of long-term ruler Omar al-Bashir after mass protests in April 2019, the military led by al-Burhan has held power in the country. The incorporation of the notorious RSF into the military is one of the most important conditions for the formation of a civilian government. Although the military and the RSF jointly led a military coup in the fall of 2021, tensions between the two military leaders have been mounting in recent months.
The dispute is delaying the transition to civilian government promised by al-Burhan. Most recently, Daglo surprisingly spoke out in favor of a rapid transition to a civilian government, thereby opposing al-Burhan.