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Sudan’s Army Launches Major Strikes on Paramilitary’s Supply Routes

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In an escalating conflict that has held Sudan hostage since April 15, the Sudanese Army launched a large-scale attack on Sunday on rival paramilitary supply routes, according to eyewitnesses. The attempts to broker peace through negotiation appear increasingly nonviable as conflict leaders remain resolute in their convictions.

The ongoing struggle has taken a devastating toll on Sudan. With hundreds of civilians claimed by the ever-escalating violence, the nation’s infrastructure has taken a significant hit, amplifying existing issues of widespread hunger.

The city of Omdurman bore the brunt of the escalation as the army launched sustained airstrikes a day after deploying a considerable ground force and heavy weaponry. The target was the crucial supply route used by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to transport supplies from the Darfur region to Omdurman, across the Nile into Bahri and the capital city, Khartoum.

Unrelenting attacks were also reported in southern Khartoum. A local volunteer group cited the demise of 20 individuals, killed in an aerial blitz late on Saturday.

International mediation to deescalate the conflict has proven ineffective thus far. This strife, primarily centered around plans to consolidate forces, continues to rage unabated. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese head of state since 2019, pledged to triumph over the RSF during a speech in Kassala on Saturday, stating, "This war will only end with the end of the rebellion."

Military strongholds in the capital have seen fierce combat as the conflict has intensified. On Sunday, the RSF reported partial control of the Armoured Corps base, a major army base in southern Khartoum.

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