Heavy gunfire was heard in Khartoum, Sudan, as clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), AlJazeera Reports.

The RSF claims to have taken control of key locations, including the presidential palace and the international airport.

The RSF claims to have taken control of the airport and presidential palace, while the army asserts that RSF fighters have been attempting to seize military headquarters.

The dispute stems from disagreements over the timeline for integrating the RSF into the national army.

International powers and regional leaders have urged both sides to de-escalate tensions and resume talks to restore civilian rule.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the situation “fragile” but emphasized the opportunity to complete the transition to a civilian-led government.

A prolonged conflict could exacerbate Sudan’s existing economic and tribal challenges.

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