Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sudan: Khartoum Witnesses 'Calm' After Fighting On Wednesday

Khartoum — Warplanes were heard circling above the Sudanese capital on Thursday morning. The day before, fighting between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and army soldiers took place in several places in the city. Airstrikes on RSF sites were reported from Halfaya in Khartoum North. Supporters of the ousted Al Bashir regime are against a meeting between the commanders of the army and RSF. A retired army officer says that the RSF have no ‘real control’ over their fighters.

Journalist and political analyst Ashraf Abdelaziz told Radio Dabanga that on Wednesday, “fighting was reported in El Mohandiseen in Omdurman, on Sitteen Street in Khartoum and also in El Mansoura, where one civilian was killed and seven others were wounded.”

Several areas under control of the RSF, especially in the area east of the Halfaya Bridge in Khartoum North (Bahri) were bombed on Wednesday.

“There were also reports about clashes in the area of the Yarmouk military complex in El Shajara in south-west Khartoum,” he said.

The journalist as well reported “a dire lack of medicines in Khartoum and serious problems with food supplies”.

On Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority in Sudan extended the closure of airspace to all air traffic until June 30.

The extension excludes humanitarian aid shipments and evacuation flights.


Abdelaziz further spoke about “desperate attempts by affiliates of the former Al Bashir regime to hinder any meeting between El Burhan and Hemedti, as proposed by IGAD earlier this week.” He said that groups of RSF supporters as well refute a meeting, as this can be seen as a victory of the army”.

The journalist called for more pressure to hold this meeting “because it may help to fight the humanitarian catastrophe to which Sudanese citizens are now being exposed”.