Sudan clashes intensify with no mediation in sight

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Sudan clashes intensify with no mediation in sight

Clashes between Sudan’s army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) escalated on Sunday, marking the 12th week of the ongoing conflict in the country’s capital and western regions. Despite the prolonged conflict, there have been no visible efforts to resolve the situation peacefully. The intensifying violence, including air and artillery strikes, as well as small arms fire, has been particularly prominent in the cities of Omdurman and Khartoum. This deepening conflict not only exacerbates the existing humanitarian crisis but also poses a threat to regional stability.

In Bahri, the RSF claimed responsibility for downing an army warplane and a drone. However, the army has not yet responded to these statements. The escalating violence has left civilians terrified, with Nahid Salah, a 25-year-old resident of northern Omdurman, expressing her fear of worsening strikes.

The RSF has gained dominance on the ground in the capital, where they have been accused of looting and occupying houses. Meanwhile, the army has focused on conducting air and artillery strikes. Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan recently urged young men to join the fight against the RSF, and the army shared photos of alleged new recruits.

The Sudanese Doctors Union accused the RSF of raiding the Shuhada hospital, one of the few still operational in the country, resulting in the death of a staff member. However, the RSF denied these allegations. The conflict has also affected cities in the western Kordofan and Darfur regions, particularly El Geneina, where the RSF and Arab militias have been accused of ethnic cleansing.

The Combating Violence Against Women Unit, a government agency, reported 88 cases of sexual assault in Khartoum, El Geneina, and Nyala, with the RSF being accused in most instances. However, the agency believes this number represents only a fraction of the actual cases.

Talks hosted in Jeddah and sponsored by the United States and Saudi Arabia were suspended last month, while an East African mediation attempt was criticized by the army for alleged bias. Although army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Malik Agar expressed openness to mediation attempts by Turkey or Russia, no official efforts have been announced.

In conclusion, the ongoing clashes between Sudan’s army and the RSF have reached a critical point, with no signs of a peaceful resolution. The violence continues to escalate, causing immense suffering to civilians and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Efforts for mediation and peace talks have faced setbacks, leaving the situation unresolved and regional stability at risk.

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