Sudan is in crisis as the military and RSF clash in the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman, causing black smoke over the capital’s airport and prompting calls for an immediate end to hostilities from international organizations and Arab states.
Violent clashes erupted between Sudan’s military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia in the capital city of Khartoum and other parts of the country. The fighting began over a disagreement about the integration of the RSF into the armed forces. Both sides claimed control over strategic locations, and there were reports of gunfire and explosions in residential areas. Diplomatic pressure was mounting, with the U.S. secretary of state, the U.N. secretary-general, the EU foreign policy chief, the African Union Commission chairman, and other top officials urging an immediate ceasefire. The conflict could have serious humanitarian consequences in a country where one-third of the population requires assistance.