At a time when violations continue after the announcement of every truce in Sudan since the start of the conflict more than a week ago between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, the Sudanese Armed Forces announced their control of the city of El-Obeid.
The Sudanese army added, in a statement broadcast Sunday on state television, that its forces had taken control of the city of El-Obeid, in the center of North Kordofan state in Sudan.
This announcement came while the Eid truce that was agreed upon last Friday, in order to allow citizens to reach safe areas and visit their families during Eid Al-Fitr, recorded several violations again.
I heard intermittent clashes in the capital, Khartoum, between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, after violent military confrontations broke out between them on April 15.
Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath reporter also reported the sound of shelling and an exchange of fire in Omdurman and Khartoum North, and an army flight.
He pointed out that the Rapid Support Forces are moving in neighborhoods in Khartoum, including the Shambat neighborhood.
In addition, he pointed out that the movement of civilians continues to flee to areas and states outside Khartoum, which are still witnessing clashes from time to time, despite the relative calm.
While the Rapid Support Forces announced, in a brief statement, earlier today that army aircraft targeted its forces in the Kafouri area of Khartoum North.
On the other hand, the ongoing battles in Sudan prompted many countries to evacuate their nationals or their embassies’ employees by land, air and sea.
Some of the evacuations took place from Port Sudan on the Red Sea, 850 kilometers (530 miles) by car from Khartoum, after the main airport in the capital, Khartoum, became a battleground and is under the control of the Rapid Support Forces fighting the army.
Fears of a more comprehensive war
It is noteworthy that the army had announced, last Friday, that it had agreed to a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid, which was called for one day before by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
However, the two parties have so far failed to fully and completely abide by the ceasefire.
Since last week, Sudan has been witnessing violent clashes between the two major military forces, especially in Khartoum, which prevented thousands from leaving for other safe states, or traveling abroad through the capital’s airport.
Meanwhile, this sudden slide into war in Sudan has undermined plans to restore civilian rule, pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, and threatened a broader war.
Especially since there are no indications so far that either side can achieve a quick victory or that it is ready to back down and hold a dialogue, as previously confirmed by the Army Commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Commander, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
While the number of victims rose to more than 260 civilian deaths, and about 1,500 injured, according to what was reported today by the Sudan Doctors Committee.