Rebels clash with Sudan's army near capital

Sudan’s army is deploying on the streets of Khartoum and a leader of a Darfur rebel group says hundreds of his fighters are on the city’s outskirts, clashing with security forces.

Sudan’s army is deploying on the streets of Khartoum and a leader of a Darfur rebel group says hundreds of his fighters are on the city’s outskirts, clashing with security forces.

An Associated Press reporter in Khartoum said security forces ordered residents to clear the streets today.

Armoured vehicles and heavily armed security forces were patrolling the capital. Government forces closed bridges leading to Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city.

A leader of the Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality said, speaking via telephone from the outskirts of Omdurman to say that his fighters were clashing with security forces there.

Sudanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, confirmed clashes near Khartoum.

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