The Sudanese military has rolled into the capital city of Khartoum to take control after more than three decades of the rule of President Omar al-Bashir. The fighting also spread to several other cities in Sudan’s vast western and central regions, according to a regional group of South Sudanese fighters. The military deployment was backed by 30,000 South Sudanese soldiers, according to the reporters of Radio Tamazuj, which is broadcasting from rebel-held territory. Sudanese officials are holding back reports of casualties, but the rebels claim to have lost control of the capital, North Kordofan and Blue Nile. The last time this happened was in 1983, when a military siege defeated Khartoum’s rebels.
Some media outlets have reported that there have been some injuries among civilians and members of the security forces. Sudan’s foreign minister has disputed this, claiming that the death toll is relatively light. Omar Gedeol, the White Nile commandant, told journalists that “no human life will be lost.”
However, a senior official with the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service said in a press conference in the capital on Saturday that there were many casualties. A senior army officer who was in and around Khartoum told Al-Jazeera, “The situation in Khartoum is under control. Incoming and outgoing traffic is going back and forth freely.”