Armed Movements Claim Victory Over Rapid Support Forces in Al-Jayli Battle

Armed movements in Sudan report victory over Rapid Support Forces, as conflict intensifies, causing widespread casualties, economic crisis, and a dire humanitarian situation.

Shivani Chauhan
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Armed Movements Claim Victory Over Rapid Support Forces in Al-Jayli Battle

Armed Movements Claim Victory Over Rapid Support Forces in Al-Jayli Battle

Armed movements in Sudan have reported a significant victory over the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) during intense fighting in Al-Jayli, north of the capital Khartoum. According to the armed movements, they successfully surrounded the RSF in a narrow area, destroying 37 military vehicles and capturing 18 others. The armed movements suffered two deaths and three injuries in the battle.

This development comes amidst the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF paramilitaries, which has had devastating consequences for the country. The SAF has recently made gains in Omdurman following the acquisition of Iranian drones and is now launching a multi-pronged offensive to reclaim Gezira State from the RSF.

Why this matters: The conflict in Sudan has caused widespread casualties, with an estimated 10-15,000 deaths in West Darfur alone, and has triggered mass displacement, with over 10 million people forced to relocate. The war has also severely impacted Sudan's economy, with a 40% shrinkage in 2023 and skyrocketing inflation.

The fighting has intensified and expanded geographically, with new fronts opening up as the warring sides seek victories during the Eid holiday and in anticipation of potential ceasefire talks. The UN has warned of the risks of a new front opening around the town of el-Fasher in Darfur, where the population is already on the brink of starvation. Concerns have been raised about a possible imminent attack by the RSF on el-Fasher, the only capital of the five Darfur states it does not control, which could trigger further violence and hamper the distribution of humanitarian aid in a region already on the brink of famine.

The humanitarian situation in Sudan is dire, with over 25 million people in need of assistance and 15 million lacking access to healthcare. A recent international humanitarian conference in Paris pledged $2.3 billion to support civilian populations in Sudan and people seeking refuge in neighboring countries. The conflict has led to the displacement of over 8.6 million people, including 1.8 million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

Key Takeaways

  • Armed movements claim victory over RSF in Al-Jayli, north of Khartoum.
  • SAF gains in Omdurman, launches offensive to reclaim Gezira State from RSF.
  • Conflict in Sudan has caused 10-15,000 deaths in West Darfur, 10M displaced.
  • UN warns of new front in Darfur, risks of RSF attack on el-Fasher town.
  • Humanitarian crisis: 25M in need, 15M lack healthcare, $2.3B pledged in aid.