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Sudan extends airspace closure until 15 August

July 31, 2023 at 2:54 pm

Smoke rises from Khartoum International Airport as clashes continue in the Sudanese capital on April 16, 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) [Stringer – Anadolu Agency]

Sudan, on Monday, extended the closure of the country’s airspace until 15 August, amid ongoing clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Civil Aviation Authority said Sudan’s airspace will remain closed to all flights until 15 August, the official Sudan News Agency said.

Only humanitarian aid and permitted evacuation flights will be exempted from the closure, it added.

Sudan has been ravaged by clashes between the army and the RSF since April, in a conflict that killed more than 3,000 civilians and injured thousands, according to local medics.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates that nearly three million people have been displaced by the current conflict in Sudan.

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