4/12/2023–|Last Updated: 4/13/202305:08 AM (Makkah)
Sudan’s military said – in a statement released early Thursday – that the “Rapid Support Forces” had moved forces without informing the capital and states, a claim denied by the Rapid Support Forces.
The statement further said that the movement of Rapid Support Forces within the capital and the states violates the mission and working order and that the country is going through a dangerous moment and this movement will lead to further tensions. leading to the breakdown of the country’s security complex.
“We renew our adherence to what was agreed in favor of political transition and we caution political forces against exaggerating the status of the armed forces,” the army said in its statement.
A military source earlier said that support forces moved large forces into Marawi city in the north of the country without notifying the military and forces from other regions were called in to deal with the situation.
The source said the armed forces had asked the Rapid Support Forces to leave the new area in Marawi within 24 hours, failing which they would be forced to leave.
Footage shows the arrival of Sudanese army reinforcements in Marawi on Wednesday evening.
100 military transport vehicles
An informed source in the Northern State Government in Sudan said that the deployment of about 100 military transport vehicles belonging to the Rapid Support Forces near the Marawi Airport without any prior coordination with the state authorities surprised the state government.
On the other hand, the official spokesman office of the Rapid Support Force said that some social media reported that the Rapid Support Forces conducted hostile operations against the Marawi Airport.
The office said – in a statement – that rapid support forces are “national forces operating within the framework of the law in full coordination and in harmony with the leadership of the armed forces and other conventional forces”.
He added that his presence in Northern State and Marawi City comes within the framework of fulfilling his duties and obligations in other states, extending to the desert.
The Rapid Support Forces called on all citizens and the media not to follow what it described as disinformation aimed at spreading discord and undermining the country’s security and stability.
Sudanese citizens demonstrated in solidarity with the armed forces in front of a Sudanese military base in Merowe district on Wednesday evening, with demonstrators chanting slogans in support of the army. A video circulating on social media shows a division commander in the Sudanese army speaking to civilians and assuring them that the situation is under control.
It is noteworthy that the Rapid Support Forces are under the leadership of the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Muhammad Hamdan Tagalo (Hamidi), and the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and was created to fight Darfur (West) militants. To protect the borders and then maintain order.
These forces were established in 2013 and are linked to the Security and Intelligence Service. There are no official estimates of their numbers, but sources suggest they number in the tens of thousands.
Consolidated National Army
On Wednesday, the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said his country’s stability was based on reforming the security system and establishing a unified national army.
The Rapid Support Forces affirmed their full commitment to achieving a professional national army in the country and to all that was stated in the Political Framework Agreement.
On April 5, the parties to the political process announced that they would postpone the signing of the final agreement between the parties “for an indefinite period” due to the continuation of negotiations between the military parties.
A final political accord, scheduled for April 6, was postponed for the second time due to differences between the military and the Rapid Support Forces, after it was scheduled earlier that month.
The aim of the current political process is to resolve the ongoing crisis since October 25, 2021, when military commander al-Burhan imposed exceptional measures, including the dissolution of the Sovereign Council and interim ministers and the declaration of a state. rush
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