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  • Updated: June 15, 2023

West Darfur Governor Assassination: Sudan Army Accuses RSF

West Darfur Governor Assassination: Sudan Army Accuses RSF

Sudan Army Accuses RSF Of Assassinating West Darfur Governor.

The Sudanese army accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries of "abducting and murdering" the governor of West Darfur state on Wednesday, nearly two months after a power struggle between two rivals drove the nation into a violent conflict.

The death of Khamis Abdallah Abakar adds a "new line to their list of barbaric crimes committed against the entire Sudanese people," the military wrote in a statement, labelling the tragedy "act brutally." 

Since April 15, the fight between General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhane's army and the paramilitaries of General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo's Rapid Support Forces (FSR) has killed more than 1,800 people and displaced more than a million and a half people, according to the NGO ACLED.

Generals Al-Burhane and Daglo joined forces during the 2021 putsch to depose the civilians with whom they had shared power since the fall of Bashir in 2019.

However, disagreements arose, and in the lack of consensus on the integration of the FSR into the army, the situation devolved into conflict.

The battle is mostly centred in Khartoum and Darfur, where local militias, tribal fighters, and armed civilians have joined the war.

While multiple truces have not been implemented, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are reporting a worsening of the humanitarian situation in Khartoum and Darfur.

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