Sudan: As a Turkish plane fires, street fighting in Sudan threatens a fragile ceasefire
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, MAMOS Nigeria
Road fights and gunfire compromise what survives from a delicate ceasefire in Sudan, presently barely holding on regardless of a three-day expansion of the ceasefire understanding, as a Turkish clearing plane was shot at as it endeavored to land.
At the Wadi Seidna airbase, 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) north of Khartoum on the western bank of the Nile, loyal to Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese Armed Forces and its rival, the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group, traded blame for the incident. The RSF also repeatedly blamed the SAF for breaking the ceasefire agreement by firing artillery and airstrikes.
The incident was confirmed by the defense ministry of Turkey without assigning blame. It added that the C-130 evacuation plane had safely landed after light weapons were fired on it. Even though no one on our staff was hurt, the aircraft will go through the necessary checks.
The United Nations estimates that at least 512 people have died and nearly 4,200 have been injured, though the actual number is likely much higher. Fighting has taken over the capital, Khartoum, and a lot of Omdurman, its sister city, and there are more and more reports of violence in Darfur, which has been troubled for a long time.
According to a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, intercommunal violence sparked by the conflict has resulted in the deaths of at least 96 people in Darfur since Monday. The spokesperson stated, “The chaos was being added to by releases and escapes from at least eight jails, including five in Khartoum and two in Darfur.” We are extremely concerned about the possibility of additional violence in a climate of general impunity.
The Darfur Bar Affiliation, a common society bunch, said warriors were “sending off rockets at houses” in the West Darfur state capital, El Geneina. It also stated that “rifles, machine guns, and anti-aircraft weapons” were used to fire.