Witnesses reported that a fighter plane was shot down on Tuesday in Khartoum, which is the capital city of Sudan and is now in a state of civil war. The fighting and artillery fire targeted numerous neighbourhoods in the city. According to a witness who was located in the northern part of Khartoum, “We saw pilots parachuting as the plane dived towards the ground.” According to a source within the FSR, the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (FSR) were the ones who were responsible for bringing down the army plane.
In a statement, the FSR claimed that they had “arrested the pilot after he landed ” and also accused the army of committing “heinous massacres” in the Khartoum region. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, the commander of the Sudanese army, has been at war with General Mohamed Hamdane Daglo, the former second in command of the FSR’s paramilitaries, since April 15.
According to the non-governmental organisation Acled, the violence has resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. The United Nations estimates that the fighting has also resulted in 2.8 million people being forced to flee their homes. A resident of Omdurman, which is in the city’s northern suburbs, reported “violent clashes using various types of weapons” on Tuesday.
Other witnesses claimed to have seen “airstrikes (near) the state television building,” which was the target of an attack this week by the RSF, and anti-aircraft missiles on Tuesday. Conflicts involving machine guns were also reported by locals in the capital’s eastern neighbourhood.
A witness stated that the army “launched rockets and heavy artillery” against RSF outposts located in the centre and northern parts of the capital city. Another person stated that homes were destroyed and citizens were rushed to one of the few hospitals that remained open for treatment.
During the battle, highly populated neighbourhoods were primarily targeted, both in Khartoum and in the western area of Darfur. According to eyewitness accounts, the streets are littered with the remains of the dead, and missiles have been fired at homes. People have had to limit their access to water, food, electricity, and medicine for nearly three months because of the ongoing fighting around them.