Dozens of people are dead when the army and RSF are fighting in Sudan
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Jeffrey Feltman, who was a US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, said that the day-long bloodbath was the result of alust for power. The leaders of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Force are in a “fight to the death”, according to him.
The Preliminary Committee of Sudanese Doctors trade union said 97 people have been killed so far. More than 1,250 people were injured according to the World Health Organization.
The pair had worked together to topple ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, and played a pivotal role in the military coup in 2021, which ended a power-sharing agreement between the military and civilian groups.
Tahani Abass, a well-known rights advocate said that there were heavy fighting in the capital of Khartoum and Omdurman early Sunday morning.
She said “the battles have not stopped” as she stood at her family home. They are shooting at each other. In residential areas, it’s an all out war.
Abass said her family huddling together on the ground floor of their home. “No one was able to sleep and the kids were crying and screaming with every explosion,” she said. Sounds of gunfire were heard while she was speaking to The Associated Press.
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The military and the RSF both claimed to be in control of strategic locations in Khartoum and elsewhere in the county. Their claims couldn’t be independently verified.
The military, headed by Gen. Burhan, called for the dismantling of the RSF. The head of the RSF, Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, told the satellite news network Al Arabyia that he ruled out negotiations. Burhan was called on to give up.
The Secretary of State, the U.N. secretary-general, the EU foreign policy chief, the head of the Arab League and the head of the African Union Commission appealed to the sides to stop fighting. Members of the U.N. Security Council, at odds over other crises around the world, called for an immediate end of the hostilities and a return to dialogue.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he consulted with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “We agreed it was essential for the parties to immediately end hostilities without pre-condition,” he said in a statement early Sunday.
Hundreds of protesters and a large group of people went missing after the coup in 2021, according to Human Rights Watch.
Eyewitnesses in Khartoum told CNN on Monday they heard mortars and artillery in the early hours of the morning, with the fighting intensifying after dawn prayers in the direction of Khartoum International Airport and Sudanese Army garrison sites.
Verified video footage shows military jets and helicopters hitting the airport; other clips show the charred remains of the army’s General Command building nearby after it was engulfed in fire on Sunday.
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Hospitals are suffering shortages of specialized medical personnel according to the WHO. “Water and power cuts are affecting the functionality of health facilities, and shortages of fuel for hospital generators are also being reported,” the WHO said on Sunday.
He speculated that the army chief and his rival, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, had lost control of the military. When asked if his plan was to rule Sudan, he said he had no intentions and that there should be a civilian government.
People have been warned to stay indoors. One local resident claimed that they were trapped in their own homes with little to no protection.
“All we can hear is continuous blast after blast. What exactly is happening and where we don’t know, but it feels like it’s directly over our heads,” they wrote.
Access to information is also limited, with the government-owned national TV channel now off the air. Television employees told CNN that it is in the hands of the RSF.
The conflict has put other countries and organizations on high alert, with the United Nations’ World Food Program temporarily halting all operations in Sudan after three employees were killed in clashes on Saturday.
The international aid agency said that there had been a number of reported incidents of looted UN and other Humanitarian facilities in Sudan and that it was difficult to transport aid and workers within the country.
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Meanwhile, Mexico is working to evacuate its citizens from Sudan, with the country’s foreign minister saying Sunday it is looking to “expedite” their exit.
The United States embassy in Sudan said Sunday that there were no plans for a government-coordinated evacuated of Americans yet, because of the closed Khartoum airport. US citizens should stay indoors and shelter in place, and the announcement “if evacuate of private US citizens becomes necessary” will be made.
The fresh clashes have prompted widespread calls for peace and negotiations. The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, is scheduled to arrive in Khartoum on Monday, in an attempt to stop the fighting.
“The transition process was meant to be a kind of pragmatic solution to create a civilian government [and] a new normal in Sudan. But that has not happened,” he said. The two forces are fighting over who will shape Sudan in the future.
The UN mission in Sudan said that the warring groups in Sudan have agreed to a proposal, although it is not yet clear what that entails.
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“There’s heavy gunfire all over the city. Military jets over us at all times. A small market is nearby. but there’s a shortage in food. And you can’t go out,” she told Up First on Monday.
“In the end, that partnership did not define who would be on top at the end,” Feltman says. There is a fight to the death for who should decide if military rule continues in Sudan.
The efforts to bring about democracy in Sudan were derailed in October 2021 when the civilian government was overthrown by the military, and the Prime Minister and his cabinet were jailed.
During civilian protests and coups in Sudan, it is common for authorities to shut down internet access across the country. Akinwotu’s reporting indicates that there is a conflict going on that needs the internet, as well as, that that has not happened this time.
A cease-fire should not lead to a process of divvying up power under the guise of stability, says Jeffrey Feltman, Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the John C. Weiss Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy program.