EgyptAir, Saudia halt flights with Sudan after clashes erupted in Khartoum

EgyptAir and Saudia announced Saturday the suspension of their flights with Sudan due to aviation safety concerns.

The Egyptian flag carrier said flights to and from the Khartoum International Airport would be grounded for 72 hours due to concerns over the security situation in the neighboring country, EgyptAir said in a statement.

The Saudi flagship airline meanwhile said all its flights to and from Sudan were suspended until further notice, Al Arabiya TV reported.

The decision was made after announcing that one of Saudia’s aircraft had an accident at the Khartoum airport, according to the report.

Heavy gunfire was heard in Khartoum earlier in the day as clashes erupted between the Sudanese army and its paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The RSF claimed in a statement that they have seized strategic sites in the capital city, including the airport. ■

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