03 Jan

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) has continued to monitor the situation in Sudan since the outbreak of armed conflict in April 2023. ACJPS has documented incidents that have changed the trajectory of the conflict from the power struggle that it was at the beginning of the conflict to the scramble for resources.

Strategic capture and control of significant locations by RSF

The ongoing armed conflict in Sudan is quickly accelerating as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) takes control of new areas, either following the defeat of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in a gunfight or upon the voluntary withdrawal of SAF from the sites. The month of October 2023 marked the beginning of a new phase in the war, especially after RSF took over the 16th Division in Nyala, South Darfur, and the withdrawal of the Sudanese army from the said base as confirmed by the appearance of Major General Hussein Jadat, the RSF commander at Wadi Sayedna base in Madman. SAF has continued to withdraw from several bases across Sudan including the 21st Division in Zalingei, Central Darfur which was preceded by RSF's seizure and control of Amdavoc, Manwashi, Kasi garrisi, Kasi, Salia, Hamiya Garrisi, Garrison Garrisi, and Garrison Arte. The situation gives RSF broad access to South Sudan from South Darfur leading to recapture of the 20th Division in Al-Daein and the two Garrisons of Adila and Abukaritka in East Darfur. The distance between Samaha (the last city in East Darfur) and Quq Machar in South Sudan is 160-180km.

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