Heavy fighting has broken out today in Sudan’s capital between the national army and a powerful militia, Nicholas Bariyo reports in the Wall Street Journal. The fighting represents a dangerous escalation of tensions between the country’s top two generals, who worked together to oust the longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, in 2019.
In competing statements, the army, commanded by Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the leader of Sudan’s military junta, and the Rapid Support Forces, a state-sponsored militia led by Gen. Burhan’s deputy, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, blamed each other for starting the conflict. Residents reported gunfire and frequent explosions across the capital Khartoum and Omdurman, its twin city across the Nile River.
Earlier in the day, residents and military officials said the army had surrounded a RSF base in Khartoum, prompting heavy gunfire. State television reported that the Sudanese military had declared the RSF a rebel force.