The Sudanese army bombed the Rapid Support Forces in El-Obeid for the first time.. Medical Syndicate: All El-Geneina hospitals are out of order


Today, Wednesday, Sudanese army planes bombed for the first time locations of the Rapid Support Forces in the city of El-Obeid, in the center of the country, while the Sudan Doctors Syndicate said that the situation in the city of El-Geneina, in the west of the country, is catastrophic, and that all its hospitals are out of order.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the Sudanese army launched air strikes for the first time since the outbreak of clashes on the positions of the Rapid Support Forces in the west of El-Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan state.

The correspondent added that the Rapid Support Forces responded to the aerial bombardment by launching anti-aircraft guns.

The city has witnessed clashes between the two sides since the fighting began in mid-April.

On the other hand, a source in the Sudanese army told Al-Jazeera today, Wednesday, that the army shot down two drones during the Rapid Support Forces’ attempt yesterday, Tuesday, to bomb the armored corps in Khartoum.

Also in the capital, a medical source reported that a number of dead and wounded were taken to Bashaer Hospital, as a result of shelling that targeted at dawn today the Al-Nahda neighborhood in the Inqaz suburb, south of Khartoum.

The emergency room in the southern belt, located south of Khartoum, had said earlier that an air strike had killed 4 civilians, in addition to injuring others yesterday evening.

El Geneina city

The Sudan Doctors Syndicate (non-governmental) said that the situation in the city of El Geneina, west of the Darfur region, is catastrophic, which is the worst ever, noting that all the city’s hospitals are out of service.

The syndicate added that it is completely impossible to count the victims of tribal violence and clashes due to hospitals being out of service and communication being cut off.

Al-Jazeera correspondent on the Sudanese-Chadian border reported hearing the sound of heavy shelling over the past hours in the city of El Geneina and its surroundings.

The reporter added that the residents of the Chadian city of Adre heard the sounds of shells, the exact location of which was fired inside Sudan.

Eyewitnesses said that the continued shooting in El Geneina prevents most residents from leaving the city.

In the same context, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his concern about the situation in Darfur and reports of widespread violence and casualties across the region as a result of the conflict between the army and the Rapid Support Forces.

Guterres renewed – according to his spokesman Stephane Dujarric – his call on the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to stop the fighting and commit to a permanent cessation of hostilities.

Dujarric said that there are now nearly 9 million people in the Darfur region who are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Real estate statements

On the political level, Malik Agar, Vice-President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, said in statements to Al-Jazeera Mubasher on the sidelines of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Djibouti that it was agreed with the member states of the authority to hold a meeting between Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Army. Al-Sudani and between the commander of what he called the rebel Rapid Support Forces, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti).

Aqar added that the meeting, whose venue was not specified, will discuss 3 issues, namely the ceasefire and the humanitarian and political files.

Before Agar’s statements, a Sudanese official (who refused to be named) said that the meeting between Al-Burhan and Hamidti “will not take place under the current circumstances.”

The Sudanese official added that the army leadership and the Sovereignty Council have several reservations about the statement of the IGAD summit, which was held in Djibouti on Monday.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that its country’s delegation to the summit expressed its objection to a number of paragraphs in the draft final statement because it was not discussed and agreed upon.

The two sides exchange accusations of starting the fighting first and committing violations during a series of truces that have not succeeded in putting an end to the clashes that have continued since April 15, which left hundreds of dead and thousands wounded among civilians, in addition to waves of displacement and asylum.


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The Sudanese army bombed the Rapid Support Forces in El-Obeid for the first time.. Medical Syndicate: All El-Geneina hospitals are out of order

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