RSF routs Sudanese army, allied forces in Gadarif state

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) announced on Thursday that it thwarted an attempted assault by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and their “extremist backers from the former regime.”

The confrontation unfolded in Gadarif State, as a unit of 75 combat vehicles and six tanks attempted to advance against RSF positions.

During the confrontation, the SAF suffered heavy losses in both personnel and equipment with RSF soldiers seizing 28 fully equipped combat vehicles, a vehicle carrying a communications system, and a fully equipped tank, the group said.

The skirmish resulted in the killing and wounding of numerous “militants”, while hundreds of SAF soldiers and their “jihadist allies” fled the battlefield, pursued relentlessly by RSF forces until the El-Khayari Bridge on the outskirts of Gadarif, the Sudanese group added.

This latest victory comes hot on the heels of a decisive triumph just a day prior, when RSF forces successfully repelled SAF in the Mount Kordofan-Tandalti-Um Rawaba area of North Kordofan State. 

Sudan has been mired by fighting between the army, led by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the head of the ruling Sovereign Council, and the RSF.

At least 13,900 people have been killed and more than eight million displaced in the conflict that started in April 2023, according to UN figures.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi Arabia and US mediators have failed to end the violence.

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