Sudan’s state television halts transmission amid clashes

CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudan’s state television suspended its transmission on Sunday afternoon, a move officials said was aimed at preventing the broadcast of propaganda by a paramilitary force fighting the army for control of the capital.

The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces said they took control of state television and other strategic facilities as fighting erupted around Khartoum on Saturday, claims refuted by the army.

On Sunday, the army appeared to have the upper hand in fighting in Khartoum.

State media officials said on condition of anonymity that after the RSF entered the state broadcaster’s main building in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, the authorities cut broadcast signals and used radio networks to broadcast messages favorable to the RSF to send programs.

Reuters reporters in Khartoum and several other cities outside the country said Sunday’s broadcast on the main state TV channel went blank after hours of replays of recorded footage. State broadcasting was also disrupted.

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(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz, Omar Abdel-Razek and Adam Makary; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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