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May 19, 2024 2:48 pm

Sustained Firing Heard in Sudanese Capital Amid Tensions

Khartoum, Sudan – Residents in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum were startled early this morning by sustained gunfire that echoed across the city. The firing reportedly began just after midnight and continued for several hours, prompting fears of renewed violence amid rising tensions in the country.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire and explosions in different parts of the city. Some said the firing sounded like heavy machine guns, while others reported hearing rocket-propelled grenades. The source of the firing remains unclear, but it is believed to have originated from areas near the presidential palace and the Ministry of Defense.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the country following the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Sudan is currently governed by a transitional government, which was established after months of protests and a military coup. However, the government has struggled to maintain stability and address the country’s economic challenges.

There have been reports of increased military activity in the country in recent weeks, with soldiers and heavy weaponry deployed to key areas in Khartoum and other cities. The government has denied that there is any cause for concern and has attributed the military presence to routine training exercises.

However, many Sudanese citizens remain skeptical and fearful of a return to the violence that plagued the country during al-Bashir’s regime. The sustained firing heard in Khartoum this morning has only added to these fears.

Authorities have not released any official statement regarding the incident, but security forces have been deployed to several areas of the city to maintain order. Residents have been advised to remain indoors and avoid any unnecessary travel until further notice.

The situation in Sudan remains fluid, and many are closely watching to see how events will unfold in the coming days. The firing heard in Khartoum this morning is a stark reminder of the fragility of the country’s current political situation and the potential for renewed violence if the government is unable to address the concerns of its citizens.

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