The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and the Commander of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, affirmed that anyone talking about a coup within the army is “lying and delusional”, emphasizing that the army is “united as one”.
Al-Burhan added in statements made during his inspection of an infantry division in the city of Al-Dabba in the Northern state on Sunday that the armed forces “are advancing on all fronts and are working hard for victory and to repel this enemy soon”, referring to the ongoing fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces.
He also stated that the army “has not been defeated and will not be defeated”, considering the “state’s battle” against the Rapid Support Forces as a “battle of dignity”.
Later, the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hamdetti), released an audio recording on the X platform saying that the war “will end quickly in the coming days”.
Dagalo added, “We could control all areas in Sudan, but we chose peace”.
Reports of a Coup Attempt:
A source in the Sudanese army denied reports last week of a coup attempt in the Wadi Sayidna military area north of Omdurman, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of leaking this “false” news.
Sudan slid into a war between the army and the Rapid Support Forces on April 15, following weeks of tension between the two sides. The hostilities have primarily unfolded in Khartoum, the capital city, and the Darfur region. As of January 2024, the war has resulted in 13,000 to 15,000 fatalities, over 33,000 injuries, and has displaced millions, with over 5.8 million internally displaced and more than 1.5 million fleeing as refugees. The conflict erupted following a series of attacks by the RSF on government sites, with both factions accusing each other of initiating the violence. Despite international efforts to negotiate a ceasefire, including the Treaty of Jeddah, the fighting has persisted without a resolution in sight.
The country has been marred by civil wars, notably the conflicts that led to the independence of South Sudan in 2011 and the devastating War in Darfur. The formation of the RSF and its subsequent actions have been central to the ongoing power struggles and instability in the region.