July 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The governor of the Darfur region, also head of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Minni Arko Minawi, has called on the citizens of the capital, El Fasher, to take up arms as the city could become a battlefield between the Sudan Army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF)
In a speech launched on Thursday night in the city of Mellit, Minawi has argued his decision based on the current circumstances and has once again urged the inhabitants of the region to arm themselves to protect themselves and their property, according to collects the television channel Al Arabiya.
The discrepancies between the Army and the powerful RSF on the constitution of the future Armed Forces ended up exploding on April 15 with the beginning of armed confrontations in the center and south of the country’s capital, Khartoum, and in the city of Meroe, 200 kilometers to the north.
The fighting meant the collapse of the paralyzed negotiations for the achievement of a political transition agreement towards a civilian government in the country, plunged into a spiral of chaos since the overthrow in 2019 of Omar al Bashir, who ruled the country with an iron fist. for 30 years.
The departure of the dictator left power in the hands of a military government that ended up assuming control of the country after accusing civil societies, instrumental in the fall of Al Bashir, of having been incapable of reaching a transition agreement where the military insisted to play a predominant role.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) estimates that the conflict has caused thousands of deaths, more than two million internally displaced persons and hundreds of thousands of refugees in Egypt, South Sudan and Chad. However, the chaos is absolute and the victims impossible to verify.