47 killed in Sudan's el Fasher region as conflict rages

    The Hawk
    May26/ 2024
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    Since the conflict began in mid-April last year, the power struggle between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands and the displacement of nearly nine million people.

    Sudan's el Fasher conflict

    Khartoum [Sudan]: At least 30 civilians and 17 soldiers were killed in attacks in the Sudanese city of el-Fasher, as fighting in the country shows no sign of abating since the conflict started in mid-April last year, reported Al Jazeera.
    "This shows that the goal of those attacking el-Fasher is to exterminate the city," Sudanese politician Minni Minnawi said.
    War in Sudan erupted in mid-April last year when a simmering feud between the leaders of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) exploded into violence, Al Jazeera reported.
    Fighting between the army, headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, since last April has killed tens of thousands of people.
    Moreover, almost nine million people have been displaced since the war, leading to a looming famine and grave humanitarian crisis.
    While the war started in the capital Khartoum, it spread to Darfur and unleashed ethnic violence, resurfacing old rivalries dating back to a brutal war in the early 2000s, as reported by Al Jazeera.
    El-Fasher is the last domino yet to fall in Darfur as the RSF has taken control of nearly all the main cities of the western Sudanese state.
    The RSF's steady gains on the ground prompted ex-Darfur rebel leaders Minnawi and Jibril Ibrahim to break months of neutrality and declare their intention to join the war on the SAF's side in November last year.
    The RSF grew out of what rebel groups call the "Janjaweed", an Arab force that killed thousands of non-Arabs in Darfur during the war in the region, which began in 2003 and ended with a peace deal in 2020.
    Since Minnawi and Ibrahim's announcement, the Sudanese army has maintained a presence in the city, making it the last stronghold of forces fighting against the RSF, as reported by Al Jazeera.
    "The (civilian) Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces and the groups that are sponsoring and funding it are waiting with patience for the fall of el-Fashir to declare the birth of their racial militia state on the skulls of the sons of Darfur in western Sudan," Minnawi said referring to a civilian group accused of siding with the RSF.
    Moreover, thousands of civilians are trapped because of the fighting.
    Alex de Waal, the executive director of the World Peace Foundation, emphasised that the fall of el-Fashir could see larger-scale brutality against civilians and that a famine is already unfolding in Darfur.
    "El-Fashir is significant for a number of reasons," De Waal added.
    "It's the last stronghold of the internationally-recognised Darfur. It's also a place where the other armed groups that are allied with the government...are holed up. So if it were to fall to the RSF, not only would we see the kind of massive rampage and looting that we've seen elsewhere, but probably also (a) large-scale massacre of civilians."