Khartoum: Strikes from the air, tanks and artillery shook Sudan’s capital of Khartoum on Friday and a heavy bombardment pounded the adjacent city of Bahru, witnesses said, even though the army and arrival paramilitary force agreed to extend a truce by 72 hours. Hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands have fled for their lives in a power struggle between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that erupted on April 15 and disabled an internationally backed transition to democracy.
In persisting ceasefire violations that the US called worrying, heavy gunfire and detonations rattled residential ne- ighbourhoods of the capital region where fighting has been concentrated over the past week. Thick smoke was rising above two areas of Bahru.
Sudan’s army has been directing air strikes with jets or drones on RSF forces spread out in ne- ighbourhoods across the capital where many residents are pinned down by urban warfare with little access to food, fuel, water and electricity.
In a statement, the RSF accused the army of violating a US- and Saudi-brokered truce pact by carrying out air strikes on its bases in Omdurman, Khartoum’s sister city. A Turkish evacuation plane came under fire as it was landing at Wadi Siyanda airport in Imdur- man on Friday but there were no injuries, Turkey’s defence ministry said.