Sudan: deaths and injuries in clashes between Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces

25 people were killed and at least 183 others were wounded, including seriously injured, as a result of the battles that erupted since Saturday morning between the army, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, led by his former ally, who became his worst enemy, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti”.

The outcome came according to the Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan, which called on all parties to arbitrate the voice of reason, put aside weapons, and take into account the circumstances the country is going through.

And medical sources stated, earlier, that more than 80 injuries arrived at 3 hospitals in the city of Khartoum North, including serious injuries.

The Doctors Syndicate said in a statement on Facebook that “two people were killed at Khartoum Airport” and another person was killed in El-Obeid (North Kordofan in central Sudan). The union added that at least nine people were injured, including an army officer, in Omdurman.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia called for an urgent meeting of the Arab League, on Sunday, to discuss the situation in Sudan.

Sudanese army: No dialogue before dissolving “Hemedti’s militia”

The Sudanese army stated in a brief statement, on Saturday evening, that “there is no negotiation or dialogue before dissolving and dissolving the Rapid Support Forces,” describing it as “Hemedti’s militia.”

In a separate statement, the army called on citizens to “preserve their security and not clash with the Rapid Support Forces.”

He stressed that “the armed forces are capable of a quick decision, but they are working to protect you from combat operations.”

The Sudanese army indicated that “the Corps of Engineers in the Omdurman region is under the control of the Sudanese armed forces, and the allegations of the rebel forces are false, and your forces (the army) are on their way to resolving the rebellion.”

The army’s denial came after the Rapid Support Forces announced that they had taken control of the Corps of Engineers in Omdurman.

Hamidti: “The battle will be decided in the coming days.”

The commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hamedti”, confirmed that it is difficult to determine the end date of the “battle” between his forces and the Sudanese army.

Hamidti said that he could not specify the date for the end of the violent clashes currently taking place between his forces and the army, adding that “the battle will be resolved in the coming days.”

He added, “We responded to mediations and initiatives, and agreed to meet with the army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, but he missed his appointment, and we were surprised by large forces besieging us in the Sports City area, and we were forced into battle.”

Hamidti stressed that “things are under control and that his forces have completely neutralized the planes (army aviation),” describing Al-Burhan as a “criminal,” stressing that “we will bring Al-Burhan and his aides to justice.”

And he expressed his regret for what happened, adding, “We call on people to stay in their homes until the battle is resolved. We were forced into what happened, and they (referring to the army commanders) forced us to fight while we were inside the cities and everywhere and besieged us, and their forces burned in the land of our camps south of the capital.” Khartoum”.

The commander of the “Rapid Support” pointed out that his forces “went to Al-Abyad airport and took control of the airports to prevent them from targeting us with planes.” Flight Neutralization”.

Rapid Support Forces detain Egyptian forces during the clashes

“The army is closely following the situation in Sudan and coordinating with the concerned Sudanese authorities to ensure the security of the Egyptian forces,” said Egyptian army spokesman Gharib Abdel Hafez.

“The Egyptian armed forces are closely following the events taking place inside Sudanese territory, and within the framework of the presence of joint Egyptian forces to conduct training with their counterparts in Sudan, coordination is underway with the concerned authorities in Sudan to ensure the security of the Egyptian forces,” the statement said.

This came after the Rapid Support Forces published a video clip that it said showed Egyptian forces “surrendering” to them in Meroe, northern Sudan, in the wake of clashes between them and the Sudanese army.

The Rapid Support Forces said in a statement, “We are ready to hand over Egyptian nationals to their leadership as soon as security conditions calm down.”

The United Nations calls for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Sudan

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, condemned the “hostilities” between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, and called for their “immediate cessation.”

“The Secretary-General calls on the leaders of the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces to immediately cease hostilities, restore calm and start dialogue to resolve the current crisis,” Guterres’ spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said.

“Any further escalation in the fighting would have a devastating impact on civilians and exacerbate the already precarious humanitarian situation in the country,” he added.

Guterres also called on the regional member states of the United Nations to “support efforts to restore order and return to the path of the transitional process,” according to the statement.

“The Secretary-General communicates with leaders in the region and reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support the people of Sudan in their efforts to restore democratic transition and achieve their aspirations to build a peaceful and secure future,” the statement continued.

International and Arab calls for a cease-fire in Sudan

On Saturday, Russia called for “urgent measures for a ceasefire” in Sudan. “The unfortunate events taking place in Sudan are of deep concern in Moscow. We call on the parties to the conflict to show political will and restraint and to take urgent measures for a ceasefire,” the Foreign Ministry said about it.

Britain said that we are “closely monitoring the situation in Khartoum and other places in Sudan where military clashes continue,” and called on its nationals to stay at home and follow its travel recommendations.

Egypt expressed its “extreme concern” about the developments in Sudan, calling on all Sudanese parties to “exercise restraint,” and said that it was “following with great concern the developments in the situation in Sudan following the ongoing clashes there,” and called on all Sudanese parties to exercise maximum restraint to protect lives. And the capabilities of the brotherly Sudanese people, and upholding the higher interests of the homeland.

Jordan expressed its deep concern about the developments in Sudan, and called on all parties to exercise restraint and stop the fighting “immediately.”

Qatar called for an “immediate cessation of fighting” between the conflicting parties in Sudan, and for resolving differences through dialogue, while expressing “its grave concern about the developments in the situation in Khartoum and Meroe,” and called on “all parties to stop the fighting immediately and exercise maximum restraint and resort to the voice of reason and give priority to interest.” public and spare civilians the consequences of fighting.

Turkey expressed its concern about the clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, and called for adhering to the gains of the transitional process and for calm and dialogue, stressing that “a permanent solution to Sudan’s problems can only be found through national reconciliation.”

The UAE called on “the parties to the conflict in Sudan to calm down, restraint, and end the current crisis through dialogue,” noting that it “is following with great concern the current events in brotherly Sudan, and affirms its firm position represented in the need to reduce escalation and work towards a peaceful solution to the crisis between the concerned parties.”

Saudi Arabia called on the military component and political leaders in Sudan to exercise “wisdom and restraint,” while expressing “its grave concern over the state of escalation and military clashes between the army and Rapid Support forces in Sudan.”

On Saturday, the United States of America called on Sudan’s top military leaders to “stop the fighting urgently.”

The US ambassador to Khartoum, John Godfrey, said in a tweet via “Twitter”, that we call on the senior military leaders in Sudan to “stop the fighting urgently.”

Godfrey added that the escalation of tension within the Sudanese military forces into direct combat is “a very dangerous matter.”

In a separate tweet, the US ambassador to Khartoum said, “I am currently sheltering in a place with the embassy team, as the Sudanese are doing around Khartoum and elsewhere.”

“Just arrived late last night in Khartoum and was awakened by the very disturbing sounds of gunfire and fighting,” he wrote in the tweet.

A state of panic and mass flight of Sudanese citizens was noted from the center of Khartoum, following the clashes in the center and south of the capital.

It was announced that air traffic from Khartoum International Airport was suspended. And the news agency “Reuters” reported that “heavy weapons fire is heard in the vicinity of the Sudanese army command and the headquarters of the Rapid Support Forces in central Khartoum.”

In a statement issued by the “Sudanese Professionals Association,” they said, “We call on the revolutionary forces from the resistance committees to take the initiative to protect neighborhoods by forming community peace committees.”

Earlier on Saturday morning, explosions and gunfire were heard in different areas of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, while the country is witnessing disputes between the army and the armed Rapid Support Forces.

Witnesses said that “confrontations”, explosions and gunfire were heard near a base where the Rapid Support Forces are stationed in southern Khartoum. Gunfire was heard near Khartoum airport and in the north of the Sudanese capital.

Violent clashes are taking place between the army and the Rapid Support Forces on the outskirts of the presidential palace and the army command in central Khartoum.

In a statement, the Rapid Support Forces indicated that “we were surprised by a large force of the armed forces entering our headquarters in the Soba campgrounds in Khartoum.”

The forces added, “Following the brutal attack, we contacted the quartet mechanism and the mediation group.”

While the Sudanese army spokesman accused the Rapid Support Forces of attacking the army, he said, “The support forces tried to attack the army in the sports city and other locations, and we are confronting them.”

Eyewitnesses said that armored vehicles were moved from the Shajara area, south of Khartoum, and deployed on public roads.

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