Creating new perspectives since 2009

Sudan people support Army in its fight against 'rebel' paramilitary forces - Envoy

August 24, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Protesters gather to protest against political agreement signed between Army Commander General Abdulfettah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk outside the Presidential Palace during a demonstration demanding civilian rule within the 3rd anniversary of the “December Revolution” in Khartoum, Sudan on December 19, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj – Anadolu Agency]

People are supporting the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in their “tragic war” with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) because they believe it is a “dignity battle”,, the country’s diplomat in Turkiye said, Anadolu Agency reports.

Nadir Yousif Eltayeb, the Ambassador of Sudan to Ankara, told Anadolu in an exclusive interview that the “tragic war” has a silver lining in that the Sudanese people are standing by the Army in unity and support “because they feel that this is a dignity battle for them … to be or not to be.”

“That is why, all the people regardless of tribe, ethnic origin, or political affiliation, everyone is united behind the Army. The war now is for the Army to prove that it is the main controller of security and to provide security for the people of Sudan as a whole,” according to the Ambassador.

The RSF does not represent any regional or even political dimension as they are merely a small clan that believes “they can rule the country by force”, Eltayeb said.

READ: Sudan Army Chief Burhan appears to leave army HQ for first time

There is no political affiliation from other parts of Sudan to this group, and no support from even western Sudan, Darfur, where they belong, and their own tribe, he said, pointing out: “I don’t think this rebel movement has any chance or any opportunity to have any political role in the future, which is why I feel that Sudan will come out of this more strong and more united.”

He claimed that “they lost nearly 80 per cent of the forces during this period of war” as the armed forces advanced in Khartoum and the RSF fled from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

He noted that the war began on 13 April when the RSF attempted to attack the Marawi airbase in northern Sudan, and the Army managed to control the situation.

For the first two weeks of the war, the Army successfully destroyed RSF forces, particularly their bases and command and control centres, he said, adding that the rebel group used civilians as human shields to avoid further army attacks.

“They try to hide in citizens’ homes. This prolonged the war because the Army was also careful not to harm the people and ordinary citizens. If they attacked the rebels in these civilian areas, the casualties among ordinary people would have been high. That is why the Army has remained cautious and is now advancing slowly but confidently to rid Khartoum of the rebels,” he said.

READ: Sudan cancels diplomatic passports of militia leaders