The Rapid Support Forces take control of the main police base in Khartoum, seizing a large amount of military equipment and ammunition, including 160 pickup trucks, 75 armoured personnel carriers, and 27 tanks.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
The state governor of West Darfur, Khamis Abakar, is killed in Geneina after being abducted by armed men shortly after accusing the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of committing genocide in the state. The RSF denies killing Abakar, blaming "outlaws" for his death.
The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines announces the suspension of all flights to Sudan to ensure the safety of its citizens and raises alerts to level 3 after a Filipino is hit by a stray bullet in Khartoum.
European Union ambassador Aidan O'Hara is assaulted at his home in Khartoum. EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Josep Borrell calls the assault a "gross violation of the Vienna Convention". [https:--www.bbc.com-news-world-africa-65306695 (BBC News)]Sudan closes its airspace, cancelling all flights in and out of the country. Kenya likewise suspends all flights to and from Sudan. [https:--www.flightglobal.com-air-transport-sudanese-airspace-closed-as-armed-conflict-erupts-152865.article (Flight Global)] [https:--www.kenyans.co.ke-news-88216-kenya-airways-adjusts-flight-schedules-over-khartoum-fighting (Kenyans.co.ke)]China, Malaysia, and the United States urge their citizens in Sudan to hide, find shelter, or evacuate the country. [https:--www.scmp.com-news-china-diplomacy-article-3217317-chinese-embassy-sudan-issues-high-alert-notice-tells-citizens-stay-indoors-away-windows (SCMP)] [https:--www.freemalaysiatoday.com-category-nation-2023-04-17-foreign-ministry-looks-for-ways-to-get-malaysians-out-of-sudan- (FMT)] [https:--www.cbsnews.com-news-sudan-military-factions-at-war-civilians-cower-death-toll-tops-100- (CBS News)]"De facto" leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declares the Rapid Support Forces to be a rebel group, and orders the group dissolved. [https:--www.aljazeera.com-news-2023-4-17-sudan-army-declares-rsf-a-rebel-group-orders-dissolution (Al Jazeera)] Battle of Khartoum
Fighting occurs across Sudan three days after the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) mobilized. The RSF claims to have captured Khartoum International Airport and the presidential palace in Khartoum. At least 56 civilians are killed and 595 others are injured, with several military personnel and rebel forces also being killed. Several Egyptian troops are also taken prisoner by the RSF.