Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces said on Saturday that it had taken control of Khartoum international airport, as clashes erupted with the army.
The RSF said in a statement it had been able to take control of Khartoum international airport in the capital and Merowe military base in the north of the country.
Hemedti had put himself at the forefront of a planned transition toward democracy, unsettling fellow military rulers and triggering a mobilisation of troops in the capital Khartoum.
Hemedti, a former militia leader in Darfur, has been deputy leader of the ruling Sovereign Council headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since 2019.
A confrontation between his forces and the army could spell prolonged strife across a vast country already dealing with economic breakdown and flare-ups of tribal violence.
Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Alex Richardson