The Rapid Support Forces capture Nyala and the rest of South Darfur, marking a strategic victory for the RSF.
At least 20 civilians are killed and more than 45 others are injured by rocket attacks on residential areas in Nyala, South Darfur, and shelling in proximity to hospitals in El-Obeid, North Kordofan, as per reports from medical professionals and lawyers.
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.
The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur confirms that seven peacekeepers were killed and 17 injured in a patrol while returning to their base in Manawashi near Nyala, the capital of Sudan's South Darfur state.