Sudanese air force urges people to stay indoors as doctors union says at least 25 dead – live

What we know so far

Zeinab Mohammed Salih

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudan armed forces (SAF) have been exchanging fire since 9am on Saturday. At least three civilians have been killed, according the Sudan Doctors’ Committee.

The clashes came over a dispute on the timing to integrate the RSF into the SAF as part of a power-sharing deal with the civilians who led protests against the former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

They had a two-year power-sharing deal with the army before being interrupted by a military coup in October 2021. The Sudanese people resisted and protests took place across the country. More than 100 people have been killed since then.

Saturday’s clashes spread across the country in north, west and south Darfur, where the RSF has a strong presence.

The RSF was founded by a law introduced in 2013 by Bashir and had been used to fight as the “janjaweed” militas in Darfur.

The RSF claims it has captured the Merowe airport and other strategic locations.


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This article was written by Nadeem Badshah (now), Geneva Abdul,Hamish Mackay (earlier) and originally published on