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Sudan army says it has killed US-sanctioned RSF Darfur Commander

June 14, 2024 at 3:44 pm

Fighters loyal to Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan attend a graduation ceremony in the southeastern Gedaref state on May 27, 2024 [/AFP via Getty Images]

Sudan’s army said, on Friday, it had killed Ali Yagoub Gibril, a senior Commander for the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) who was under US sanctions, during a battle in the besieged north Darfur city of Al-Fasher, Reuters reports.

There was no immediate comment from the RSF.

Gibril was a leading commander for the RSF in Al-Fasher, the last major city in the Darfur region of Sudan that the paramilitary force does not control.

The army said, in a statement, Yagoub was killed as an RSF attack was thwarted early on Friday by its troops and allied “joint forces” fighting alongside it – a reference to non-Arab former rebel groups from Darfur that are aligned with the army.

The RSF has been besieging Al-Fasher, a city of 1.8 million people, for weeks and top UN officials have warned that the worsening conflict there could trigger widespread inter-communal violence.

The UN Security Council called on Thursday for a halt to the siege.

War between the army and the RSF erupted over conditions for a transition to democracy in mid-April last year in the capital, Khartoum, soon spreading to other parts of the country.

The conflict has led to the world’s largest displacement crisis, renewed ethnic violence in Darfur blamed on the RSF and its allies, and a sharp increase in extreme hunger.

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