Sudan’s Army Chief Appears in Video Amid Ongoing Conflict
General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the commander of the Sudanese army, has just made a major appearance in a video that the army has issued. The Wadi Sayidna air force facility in Omdurman, which is located across the Nile from Khartoum’s city, is where the video was shot. General Al-Burhan underlines the value of the army’s role in safeguarding Sudan in the video while speaking to enthusiastic soldiers.
The army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been engaged in a bitter fight for more than four months as of the appearance. Control of the capital and a number of important cities is at the heart of the fight, which started on April 15. Both sides have demonstrated a lack of readiness to yield since they are confident they can win.
While the army used air power to drive the paramilitary groups out of key positions, the RSF has mostly retained control over Khartoum and its nearby cities on the ground. Despite their best efforts, neither side has been able to win a decisive edge, which has resulted in a sizable number of civilian casualties and the displacement of nearly 4.5 million people, according to the United Nations.The Armored Corps facility in southern Khartoum, one of the army’s main facilities in the capital, is currently the target of a multi-day attack by the RSF. The army command compound and this installation have turned into major areas of dispute. Given the current violence, General Al-Burhan’s abrupt arrival in the video raises concerns about his capacity to leave Khartoum.
The state of affairs in Sudan keeps becoming worse as long as the fighting lasts. A serious humanitarian situation has been caused by the fighting itself, the start of the rainy season, and other factors. There are severe shortages of food, water, and electricity, which makes it difficult for hospitals to function. Also recently reported by the UN are epidemics of the measles, acute watery diarrhea, malaria, and dengue fever.
The future of Sudan and its population is uncertain due to the continued bloodshed and growing humanitarian issues, while efforts to mediate and negotiate a resolution have so far been ineffective.