The RSF paramilitaries have registered important advances in the country in recent weeks
July 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The NGO Armed Conflict Location Data Project (ACLED) estimates that more than 3,900 people have been killed since the outbreak on April 15 of clashes between the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that have gained ground in recent weeks across the country.
The latest balance of the NGO, which covers from June 14 to the 17 of this month, details at least 880 deaths during the fighting, including 220 civilians, throughout these four weeks.
During this time, “the Sudanese Army has suffered major setbacks and lost territory in the Khartoum, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions,” according to the assessment.
The state of Khartoum, where the country’s capital is located, continues to be the most violent place, with more than 500 deaths registered in four weeks, followed by South Darfur (115 deaths), where the fighting “has intensified to the point of doubling the number of attacks registered in the previous four weeks”.
Likewise, ACLED assures that the last month has been the scene of the incorporation of new armed groups into the conflict, such as the faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-N), led by Abdelaziz al Hilu, which has carried out several attacks these days against the Army of Sudan in the state of South Kordofan, in the south of the country.
Violence has also intensified in Central Darfur, where it has nearly tripled that recorded last month. Since then, the RSF, supported by allied Arab militias, has seized control of towns such as Zalingei, Umm Dukhun and Garsila, leaving a trail of looting and destruction in its wake.
ACLED ends its evaluation warning about the possible internationalization of the conflict, with episodes such as the one that occurred on June 30, when the Chadian Army had to intervene with artillery to interrupt clashes between militias that were endangering the exodus of civilians.
That same day, unidentified gunmen clashed with Chadian soldiers near the border town of Adikon, after a Chadian soldier was wounded by an unidentified group of gunmen.