6 days of clashes were enough to make what is happening in Sudan the most important political news in the world, amid a conflict that is the most dangerous between the two most powerful generals in the country.
In the midst of the violent battles that took place on several axes, attention turned to the city of “Maroe” to grab the limelight, with both sides desperate to reach it.
Why is it important?
The importance of the northern state comes from the fact that it is the largest of the states of Sudan, and among its cities, Meroe, located 350 km north of the capital, Khartoum, stood out remarkably.
Most of the focus of the two parties focused on the city, which was originally of military and civilian importance, and there were conflicting reports about which side it controlled, until the army announced the return of control of its airport on Wednesday.
The airport is a supportive air base and an alternative stationing area for other military bases in Sudan, in addition to the air base. Its airport covers air operations in northern, eastern and western Sudan.
The city has become the most important
The importance of Meroe Airport also comes from the fact that it is one of the largest airports in Africa, as it is located on an area of 18 km, and it is designed to accommodate the landing and takeoff of large aircraft, with an airstrip about 4 km long and 60 meters wide.
Also in and around the airport, the forces of the 19th Division of the Sudanese army, responsible for protecting strategic facilities in the area, are deployed.
It is noteworthy that the violent fighting between the two major military forces in the country erupted last week, days after the Rapid Support Forces pushed about 100 vehicles towards the Marawi base in the northern state, in addition to some vehicles at their centers in Khartoum, which provoked the army, which confirmed that these mobilizations were illegal. It was done without coordination with him.
However, the Rapid Support Forces confirmed that they had coordinated with the armed forces, refusing to withdraw these mechanisms, so that fighting broke out later in a country that, since 2019, has been trying to find its way towards a new democratic rule, turning the page on the isolated President Omar Al-Bashir.
However, well-informed sources previously confirmed to Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath that the two sides began mobilizing military forces weeks ago.