US sanctions on two Rapid Support commanders and battles in the White Nile and El Fasher

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The US Treasury Department said in a statement – today, Wednesday – that it imposed sanctions on two senior commanders in the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan following attacks in Al-Fasher, North Darfur, while the Sudanese army repelled an attack on “Crooked” in the White Nile.

The statement added that the two commanders subject to sanctions are Major General Othman Mohamed Hamid Mohamed, head of operations of the Rapid Support Forces, and Ali Yaqoub Jibril, commander of the forces in Central Darfur.

On the other hand, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said – in a statement today – that the Sudanese Foreign Minister-designate, Ambassador Hussein Awad Ali, discussed the special arrangements during his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud, on the sidelines of the Arab summit meetings held in the Bahraini capital, Manama. At the Jeddah negotiating platform between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.

According to the statement, the Saudi Foreign Minister renewed his country’s position in support of Sudan and explained that his country’s strategy is based on the stability of Sudan and the preservation of its national institutions.

Field developments

On the ground, the Sudanese army repelled an attack carried out by the Rapid Support Forces on the Al-Awaj area in White Nile State today.

According to military sources, the force stationed in Al-Awaj was able to inflict heavy losses on the ranks of the attackers, as two military vehicles and a Sarsar armored vehicle were destroyed, while deterring a large number of the attacking elements.

For his part, the governor of the Darfur region and head of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Minni Arko Minawi, announced mobilization to defend El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, after confirmed news that he said he had received indicating that the Rapid Support Command had launched a new mobilization to invade the city and plunder it from all sides, including from West Africa.

Minawi confirmed on his account on the Heavenly and earthly laws, as he put it.

Minawi stated that what the Rapid Support Forces are doing by premeditatedly bombing civilian sites in El Fasher, closing the main roads leading to them, and preventing the entry of relief and necessary materials, including medicine, is enough to make it criminal and isolate it internationally, including those who support it, as he put it.

For his part, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr. Workne Gbehio, expressed deep concern about the escalating conflict in El Fasher.

Dr. Warqani condemns attacks on vital healthcare infrastructure, such as the recent attack on Babacar Nahar Children’s Hospital, and points out that such actions not only disrupt the vital supply chain of medical supplies, but also hinder the treatment of the wounded and vulnerable, including women, children and displaced people.

Dr. Warqani called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and urged all parties concerned to exercise restraint in accordance with applicable international standards, stressing the urgent need for unimpeded humanitarian access to alleviate the suffering of the affected population.

Warqani also called on the heads of state and government of IGAD and international partners to continue to benefit from their influence to force the parties to lay down their weapons, return to the negotiating table, and strive towards achieving sustainable peace in the Republic of Sudan, in response to the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

Since early April, El Fasher has witnessed clashes between the army and the Rapid Support, which launched massive attacks on villages west of the city.

UN and international calls have increased to spare Sudan a humanitarian catastrophe that could push millions to famine and death, as a result of food shortages due to the fighting that has spread to 12 of the country’s 18 states.

Since mid-April 2023, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been engaged in military confrontations that have left about 15,000 dead and more than 8 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.