Fighting between Sudan navy rivals enters a second day, with dozens dead | CNN

Fighting between Sudan navy rivals enters a second day, with dozens dead | CNN


Fierce preventing throughout Sudan entered a second day as months of tensions between a paramilitary group and the nation’s military erupted into violence.

Clashes across the military headquarters and presidential palace in capital Khartoum concerned heavy weapons. There have additionally been experiences of battles lots of of miles away within the japanese metropolis of Port Sudan and within the western Darfur area.

At least 56 individuals have been killed and almost 600 injured within the clashes, in response to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

“Since yesterday we’ve not been in a position to depart the hospital for our properties as a result of the clashes are happening close to the hospital and armed males from the military are roaming contained in the hospital with their weapons,” a feminine physician in Khartoum informed CNN.

“We are in an actual state of terror with the sound of explosions and bullets, we escaped loss of life many instances,” she added.

Sudan’s paramilitary chief Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo claimed to have seized most of Khartoum’s official websites after clashes erupted between his armed group and the nation’s navy on Saturday.

On Sunday, Dagalo’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) launched a video declaring it had gained management of the Meroe airport within the north of the nation. Dagalo informed CNN the RSF is answerable for the presidential palace, Khartoum airport and the General Command headquarters.

The nation’s navy chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, disputed Dagalo’s claims on Saturday and mentioned the navy has maintained management over authorities websites.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm both facet’s claims.

As preventing continues in Khartoum and different components of Sudan, the World Health Organization is urging all events to the battle to respect the neutrality of well being care and guarantee unrestricted entry to well being amenities for these injured by the hostilities.

More than 83 individuals have been killed and a minimum of 1,126 injured since April 13 “throughout Khartoum, South Kordofan, North Darfur, Northern State and different areas,” the group mentioned, noting the “heaviest focus of preventing” is now in Khartoum City.

“There are additionally experiences of shortages of specialised medical personnel, together with anesthesiologists,” the WHO mentioned in a press release Sunday. “Water and energy cuts are affecting the performance of well being amenities, and shortages of gas for hospital turbines are additionally being reported.”

People run past a military vehicle in Khartoum on April 15, 2023, amid reported clashes in the city. - Sudan's paramilitaries said they were in control of several key sites following fighting with the regular army on April 15, including the presidential palace in central Khartoum. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Dagalo – also called Hemedti – described Burhan as a “prison,” accusing him of instigating the preventing.

“It was not us who did this,” Dagalo informed CNN’s Larry Madowo. “We have been defending ourselves. We’re sorry and we inform the Sudanese those who this disaster will finish, and Sudan will likely be even higher than earlier than. And this will likely be a lesson to study sooner or later.”

Dagalo accused the Sudanese military of breaking a United Nations-brokered non permanent humanitarian ceasefire Sunday night.

“We’re beneath assault from all instructions,” Dagalo mentioned. “We stopped preventing and the opposite facet didn’t, which put us in a predicament, and we needed to hold preventing to defend ourselves,” he claimed.

Dagalo additionally speculated that Burhan has misplaced management of his navy, saying “they don’t appear to be listening to him.”

Dagalo’s rise to energy started when he was a frontrunner of Sudan’s infamous Janjaweed forces, implicated in human rights violations within the Darfur battle of the early 2000s. His group killed a minimum of 118 individuals in pro-democracy protests in June 2019 after troops opened fire at a peaceful sit-in.

He and Burhan have been pivotal within the 2019 overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir however have since develop into locked in an influence battle, with tensions over the RSF’s integration into the military.

There have been widespread requires calm. Sudan’s former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday warned of civil battle and referred to as for quick negotiations.

“This battle has to cease at present … peace is the one choice to keep away from slipping right into a civil battle,” he mentioned at a information convention in Abu Dhabi.

The US and UN additionally referred to as for an finish to the preventing.

African leaders have been holding emergency conferences on Sunday in response to the state of affairs. Sudan’s neighbors Egypt and South Sudan have provided to mediate.

The UN’s political mission in Sudan has mentioned the nation’s two warring factions have agreed to a “proposal” though it’s not but clear what that entails.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo attends a rally in the village of Abraq, Sudan, on June 22, 2019.

The navy has been in control of Sudan since a coup in 2021, with Burhan and Dagalo on the helm. The 2021 coup ended a power-sharing association, following the 2019 ouster of al-Bashir.

A CNN investigation additionally uncovered one other hyperlink between the 2 males: their involvement in Russia’s exploitation of Sudan’s gold assets to fund its Ukraine battle, with Dagalo’s forces additionally being key recipients of Russian coaching and weaponry.

But latest talks have led to cracks within the alliance between the 2 navy leaders. The negotiations have sought to combine the Rapid Support Forces into the nation’s navy, as a part of the hassle to transition to civilian rule.

Sources in Sudan’s civilian motion and Sudanese navy sources informed CNN the details of competition included the timeline for the merger of the forces, the standing given to RSF officers sooner or later hierarchy, and whether or not RSF forces ought to be beneath the command of the military chief, slightly than Sudan’s commander-in-chief, who’s presently Burhan.

The hostilities, sources informed CNN, are the end result of what each events view as an existential struggle for dominance, one with Burhan, they mentioned, in search of assist from Sudan’s former Islamist rulers, resurrecting the specter of days many Sudanese fought to go away behind.

Dagalo informed CNN he had no intention to rule Sudan.

“There ought to be a civilian authorities. This has at all times been my stance,” he mentioned.



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