10 Jan

Tragedy continues to unfold in Nyala, South Darfur as conflict escalates. Recent attacks by the Sudanese Army have resulted in the death of approximately 30 civilians including children and 22 others have sustained injuries and massive destruction of property.

On 29 December 2023, the Air Force Unit, a Unit of the Sudanese Military Army (SAF) using warplanes launched aerial attacks targeting seven neighborhoods within Nyala City, the capital of South Darfur State. This is the third attack by the unit on the area following the seizure of the SAF headquarters also known as Division 16 in Nyala by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on 26 October 2023 after the withdrawal of SAF troops including the division commander, Major General Hussein Judawt who was later seen at Wad Sayeddna Military base located in North Omdurman, Khartoum State.

The neighborhoods targeted are those around the former SAF headquarters (Division 16) and the Almatar “Airport” neighborhood where the RSF headquarters is located. The neighborhoods that were affected are; Aljeer, Alsalam, and Emam majorly occupied by the For and Zaghawa tribes, Dumaia and Almustagbal neighborhoods occupied mainly by the Arab Rezigate tribe, and Almsanie neighborhood “industrial area” which is under the control of RSF. The attacks mainly affected civilians living in the above-mentioned neighborhoods as 30 civilians died as a result, including four children and 22 others sustained injuries.

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