Khartoum- Monitors were considered control Rapid Support Forces On the city of Nyala, the capital of Southern State Darfur The second largest city in Sudan has been transformed in the war that has been going on for about 7 months, and it is likely that the Rapid Support Command will move towards forming an authority in the west of the country similar to the model in eastern Libya, if the ongoing negotiations between the army and the Rapid Support do not achieve a settlement that ends the crisis.
And it counts Nyala The second largest city in the country after the capital, Khartoum, in terms of population and economic weight. It has an international airport linking it with neighboring African countries, and it is the first military division headquarters in the Darfur region controlled by the Rapid Support Forces.
The importance of Nyala also stems from its strategic location, as it is linked by borders with the countries of Central Africa, Chad and South Sudan, and it has the largest gold mines in the Darfur region in the Songo region.
The state of South Darfur is considered a stronghold for the social incubator of the Rapid Support, next to the state of East Darfur, which borders it. It is inhabited by tribal groups that declared their bias towards it, and a large sector of the forces facing the army in Khartoum hail from it, and the chief negotiator of the Rapid Support, Omar Hamdan, belongs to Nyala.
The command of the 16th Infantry Division in Nyala is considered the headquarters of the Western Region Command of the army in the Darfur region, where there are a number of battalions, including artillery, engineers, and armored personnel.
The Rapid Support Forces broadcast a number of video clips showing him Abdul Rahim Dagalo Deputy Commander of the Rapid Support Forces and a large number of its soldiers touring locations within the 16th Infantry Division.
Activists published video clips yesterday, Saturday, showing the looting of Nyala’s main market, and the destruction of shops and cars transporting goods. Citizens of some neighborhoods in the city spoke of cases of looting and looting of homes by fighters wearing Rapid Support uniforms.
Civil administration of Nyala
Yesterday, Saturday, Abdul Rahim Dagalo announced the completion of his forces’ control over the city of Nyala, and formed a civil and military administration to administer the city. He called on those who were displaced from it to return to their homes, and pledged to protect them.
Abdul Rahim Dagalo, commander of the South Darfur sector in the Rapid Support Forces, assigned Saleh Al-Futi the duties of commander of the 16th Infantry Division and its affiliated units, in the position previously held by the division commander from the army, Major General Hussein Judat.
Major General Bashir Adam Issa was also assigned the duties of director of the police forces, and ordered the opening of police, prosecution and court headquarters, the maintenance of water and electricity stations, the restoration of communications and internet services, the formation of committees for services and city cleanliness, the operation of hospitals, and ensuring the opening of markets.
He announced the formation of a joint force of rapid support forces and armed struggle movements, and directed his forces to arrest leaders and symbols of the former regime, treat them as prisoners, and bring them to justice.
The acting commander of the 16th Nyala Infantry Division reassures the citizens of South Darfur after the liberation of the state from the remnants#Battle_of_Democracy #Guardians of the Glorious Revolution pic.twitter.com/gfVp6c1E9U
– Rapid Support Forces – Rapid Support Forces (@RSFSudan) October 28, 2023
Withdrawal to rearrange
There was no comment from the Sudanese army on the situation in Nyala, but a military official in the Ministry of Defense told Al Jazeera Net, “The army forces withdrew in an organized manner from their command headquarters in central Nyala to outside the city with their heavy and light weapons after they had been besieged for several days and were about to run out of ammunition, supplies, and treatment.” .
The military official – who preferred to remain anonymous – explains that Nyala was attacked by the “Rapid Support Rebel” forces with more than 400 combat vehicles and thousands of fighters aboard cars and motorcycles.
He confirms that the thousands of forces that attacked the city were mercenaries from the countries of Chad, Central Africa, South Sudan and Niger, noting that the aspects of the war are “attack, advance, defense and withdrawal.”
He adds that the army has inflicted more than 750 deaths on the “Rapid Support rebels” during the last three days of successive waves of attacks, and destroyed dozens of vehicles and seized weapons and ammunition. He described what the commander, officers and soldiers of the 16th Division did as a rare heroic act in extremely complex circumstances.
The second commander of the Rapid Support Forces visits Al-Quran cells in South Darfur state and pledges to take care of the students.#Battle_of_Democracy #Guardians of the Glorious Revolution pic.twitter.com/MvDVGapkdO
– Rapid Support Forces – Rapid Support Forces (@RSFSudan) October 28, 2023
Influence in negotiation
Military expert, retired Major General Mazen Muhammad Ismail, believes that the Rapid Support’s control over Nyala will have an impact in the ongoing negotiations in the Jeddah forum between the two parties to the fighting, and will push towards a settlement between them in a gradual manner, based on the humanitarian path and a ceasefire, so that it is easy to pass.
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Ismail believes that the Rapid Support Command will tend to form an authority in Nyala (western Sudan) in exchange for the government appointed by the President of the Sovereignty Council. Abdel Fattah Al-BurhanIt is temporarily headquartered in Port Sudan, the capital of Red Sea State (eastern Sudan).
It is believed that the Rapid Support Command will use the formation of the authority as a card in the negotiations in order to share power in Khartoum, or move toward political division similar to the Libyan model if it does not reach a “deal” with the army to share power, which makes Nyala a tool to impose a political path at the negotiating table.
There is no tendency to separate
Advisor to the Rapid Support Commander, Al-Basha Muhammad Tabiq, says that their control of Nyala is part of the “operational plan” to liberate a number of military sites, including control of some of the army’s military division chiefs in the states in the coming days.
Regarding their heading to Darfur after their despair of seizing power in Khartoum, Tabeek told Al Jazeera Net that they control more than 90% of Khartoum, and are besieging the army headquarters and the headquarters of the Signal Corps in Khartoum North and the Mohandiseen in Omdurman, and they are also besieging the army’s 5th Division in Al-Obeid, the capital. Northern state Kordofan.
He confirms that they do not seek to implement the Libyan or Yemeni model or divide Sudan after controlling Nyala, and that they went to the Jeddah negotiations in appreciation of the conditions of the Sudanese people, and in response to the call for Saudi-American mediation.
Tabiq adds that the Jeddah platform seeks an agreement to establish a ceasefire, open humanitarian paths to provide aid to those affected by the war, and facilitate the return of citizens who left their homes.
He points out that the Rapid Support seeks a comprehensive reform of the state’s military and civil institutions to address the accumulated mistakes that have been practiced by the political elites since the country’s independence, and “we will not allow Sudan to be torn apart and dismantled into mini-states.”