This war between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) in Sudan started on 15 April. At the same time, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the leader of Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF), has said that there will be no talks until the fighting ends.
Speaking to the BBC on Friday night, Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, alleged that RSF fighters were being bombed continuously. At the same time, this ongoing war between the two sides intensified once again on Thursday midnight after a three-day ceasefire.
The initial 72-hour ceasefire was brokered by the US on Monday and was extended after intense diplomatic efforts by neighboring countries, as well as Washington, Britain and the United Nations.
Dagola tells the BBC that we do not want to destroy Sudan. During this, he blamed General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Sudanese Armed (SAF), for the violence that started.
General Burhan has tentatively agreed to face-to-face talks in South Sudan.
No talks until the bombing stop: Dagalo
The RSF chief further said that he was ready for talks but the condition was that there should be a ceasefire. After that we can talk
Dagalo said he had no personal problem with General Burhan, but considered him a traitor for bringing into government people loyal to former President Omar al-Bashir, who was executed in 2019 by the SAF and the RSF following mass street protests.
He told the BBC that unfortunately Burhan is being led by the leader of the radical Islamic Front. In 2021 he and General Burhan overturned the power-sharing agreement with civilians, taking full control in a coup d’état.
The number of dead may be more
However, the United Nations estimates that the death toll could be much higher. Also thousands of foreigners have been evacuated. Thousands of Sudanese have fled to neighboring countries including Chad, Egypt and South Sudan.
In addition to the capital Khartoum, violence has spread to other areas of Sudan such as Darfur, particularly in the city of El Nino, where RSF and militias affiliated with the group have been reported looting and setting markets, aid warehouses and banks on fire.
Millions of people in Khartoum are trapped between lack of food, water and fuel. Still trying to get out safely.