April 17, 2023

SUDAN: 100 Civilians Killed In War Between Army And Paramilitary Forces Which Has Rocked Sudanese Capital For A 3rd Day. Appears US Behind Coup To Remove Pro-Russia Leader.

WION published February 13, 2023: Gravitas: Russia to set up a naval base in Sudan. Sudan's military junta has approved a new Russian naval base at the Red Sea. The development comes days after Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov paid a visit to the insurgency-ravaged African nation. Priyanka Sharma explains.
John Godfrey, U.S. Ambassador to Sudan said, "All countries have a "sovereign right" to decide which other countries to partner with, BUT these choices have consequences, of course." What the hell? You're a free nation but not really free because you must do only what we approve or we'll make your life a living hell. Doesn't that sound like the mafia, or a cartel, a gang? (emphasis mine)
Channel 4 News published April 17, 2023: Sudan: Almost 100 civilians killed as two armies fight for control of the capital. Almost 100 civilians have been killed in the fierce fighting between army troops and paramilitary forces which has rocked the Sudanese capital Khartoum for a third day.
Insider News published April 17, 2023: Why Sudan Is Blowing Up In Violent Clashes. At least 97 civilians have been killed in Sudan since fighting began April 15. Violent clashes erupted when Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, commander of the Sudanese army, and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the RSF, refused to negotiate a truce.
Sky News published April 16, 2023: Sudan: Three UN aid workers among 61 killed as crisis talks under way. Crisis mediation is under way to de-escalate the armed violence in Sudan after at least 61 people were killed and almost 600 injured. Violence broke out on Saturday in the capital Khartoum and across the country as armed forces and paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF) clashed.

written by Rรฉdaction Africanews with AP and AFP
Monday April 17, 2023

Fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces raged on for the third day in Sudan on Monday with at least 100 civilians reported dead as gunfire and explosions increased in intensity.

The deadly power struggle between the country’s two most powerful generals, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s de facto leader, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has raised fears of a wider conflict in the region.

Just 18 months earlier they jointly orchestrated a military coup to derail Sudan's transition to democracy. But now they are fighting over how the RSF will be integrated into the military and who will have ultimate control over fighters and weapons as part of plans to restore civilian rule.

On Monday, both sides claimed to have made gains in the battle for Khartoum as smoke hung over the city and residents reported hearing airstrikes, artillery fire, and shooting that cut off basic services and damaged hospitals.

As diplomatic efforts to end the fighting intensify, with the African Union and Arab States calling for an end to hostilities, neither side has shown any willingness to compromise.

United Nations security council was due to discuss the situation on Monday and its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has strongly condemned the outbreak of fighting.

"I appeal to the leaders of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to immediately cease hostilities, restore calm, and begin a dialogue to resolve the crisis,” he said.

“The situation has already led to horrendous loss of life, including many civilians. Any further escalation could be devastating for the country and the region."

As fighting continued on Monday near the main military headquarters in the capital, students and staff at the nearby Khartoum University remained trapped in the engineering college library.

“It is our third day trapped in the university. We are around 88 people. The situation is very hectic. The fighting started again and it is continuous. Last night there were clashes that resulted in the death of one student,” said a student in a video posted online.

Meanwhile, the army has taken control of state television, broadcasting images and statements in which it claims to have regained ground in many places.

Since Saturday, Sudanese in the capital have been barricading themselves in their homes wondering when electricity, running water, and peace will return to the city.

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