With the deteriorating situation in Sudan, a Saudia plane from Saudi Arabia’s national airline caught on fire at the Khartoum International Airport, Sudan, last Saturday. The plane came under fire before its departure, scheduled for Riyadh at 7:30 UTC.
The Kingdom’s flag carrier in a statement said, “The Airbus A330 was exposed to gunfire damage… with guests and crew on board.”
In the statement, they also confirmed that all the cabin crew members have been rescued safely as they arrive at the Saudi Embassy in Sudan.
The cause of such a dangerous accident is the increasingly violent conflicts between the Sudanese army, and Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the nation’s primary paramilitary group. Based on the reports, RSF took over the entire control of Khartoum airport which resulted in all this.
JACDEC made an official statement on Twitter, saying “During the ongoing military coup in Sudan, two aircraft are known to have been badly damaged or destroyed while parked at Khartoum Intl Airport (HSSS), Sudan. AL Saudia Airbus A330-300 and a SkyUp Boeing 737-800. Additional aircraft may be affected as well. Ongoing story…“
Suspension Of Flights To Sudan
Due to the explosions and gunfire in Khartoum airport last Saturday, Saudia Airlines has officially announced the suspension of all flights to and from Sudan, until further updates.
Saudia Airlines also mentioned the “accident” with one of its aircraft at the Khartoum Airport, last Saturday. Although they did not mention any casualties of this incident involving their aircraft.
After a long period of tension and clashes between the army and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the situation worsened which resulted in the eruption of gunfire and explosions in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
According to the report made by the BBC, conflicts in Sudan began over a proposed transition to civilian rule that impeded the integration of RSF into the Sudanese army.
Due to this, RSF, commended by the vice-president of the Sovereign Council, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo damaged a delay of over ten years, but the army commanded by Gen Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council demanded two years.
Violent Outburst In Khartoum Airport
Clashes between these concerned parties worsened which resulted in gunfire and explosions. The doctor’s union reported the deaths of a total of 27 people, at Khartoum airport in the city center.
The Paramilitaries claimed to have total control of the airport along with the presidential palace, but the army says otherwise.
The violence rose as the tension between the military leader Abdul Fattah Al Burhan and his number two, a paramilitary commander Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, heightened over the deliberate integration of the RSF into a regular army.
Through this, the deal was finalized to return the nation back to civilian rule and put an end to the crisis scintillated by their 2021 coup. As this led to a more scarring economic crisis in the country, which was already among one of the poorest in the world.
Overseeing the current situation in Sudan, the Saudi embassy has urged all Saudi citizens to stay at home safely, according to the state-affiliated Al Ekhbariya channel.
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