Thursday, June 20, 2024

Sudan: North Darfur's Kutum Has Fallen Into RSF Hands

Kutum — Journalist and political analyst Abdelrahman El Ajab told Radio Dabanga that the town of Kutum in North Darfur has fallen under the control of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Dozens died and people fear a civil war.

The paramilitary organisation invaded the town and communication with civilians was cut off.

El Ajab explained that dozens died in the clashes and described the situation in Kutum as “tragic”. The town was subjected to acts of looting, especially the market.

Over the weekend, at least 40 people were killed in Kutum and Kassab camp, the Darfur Bar Association reported on Sunday.

More deaths occurred in clashes after.

On Sunday evening, militias attacked the Kafoot area between El Fasher and Kutum and the RSF published a video confirming their control of the main base of the 22nd Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Brigade.

El Ajab warned that the town might slide into civil war.

The reason for the invasion is reportedly the killing of a border guard officer in Kutum by a local gang. The guard was a relative of Musa Hilal, former janjaweed leader and head of the Revolutionary Awakening Council (RAC).

Hilal and his janjaweed are largely held responsible for atrocities in Darfur, including genocide and genocidal rape.

Hilal belongs to the same tribe as RSF Commander Mohamed ‘Hemedti’ Dagalo, whose RSF grew out of the janjaweed.

Taha Osman, a prominent member of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), condemned the events in Kutum and rejected “any violation against any Sudanese citizen”, whether committed by the SAF or RSF.