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A second day of fighting in Sudan

Rising tensions between rival factions of Sudan’s armed forces have exploded into all-out battle. Fighter jets fired rockets into Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, yesterday, and at the city’s airport, civilian planes were bombed and terrified passengers cowered on the terminal floors. The fighting has also spread deep into the region of Darfur.

More than 83 people have been killed and over 1,126 others injured, and it remained unclear who was in control. See a map of the fighting.

Only four years ago, the widely detested president who had ruled for three decades, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was toppled by a popular uprising. But hopes for democracy faltered 18 months ago when the two most powerful generals — the army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan — together seized power in a coup. They are now fighting each other.

Sudan’s neighbors sought to jump-start diplomatic efforts, with the African Union and a separate…

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This article was written by Natasha Frost and originally published on