Three civilians were killed in gun battles as armed factions fought for control of the Sudanese capital
At least three civilians died and dozens were injured in a series of gun battles today.
US Ambassador John Godfrey protected himself while rival armed factions fought for control of Khartoum in Sudan.
As gunfire and explosions devastated the capital, he wrote: “The escalation of tensions within the military component to direct combat is extremely dangerous.
“I urge senior military leaders to stop fighting.”
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s government is fighting the Rapid Support Forces as the African nation attempts to transition to civilian rule.
Both said they control the presidential palace and the airport.
A witness said: “There is so much panic and fear.”
Many residents were caught in transit, many bridges and roads were closed, and schools were closed.
Secretary of State James Cleverly urged Sudan’s leadership to “hold back troops and de-escalate”.
Tensions between the two sides have escalated in recent months, forcing a delay in signing an agreement with the political parties to revitalize the country’s democratic transition.
They forged a partnership after former leader Omar al Bashir was overthrown in 2019.
But since a military coup in October 2021, army chief General Abdel Fattah has been the de facto president.