Rapid Support Forces (RSF) chief General Mohamed Dagalo has been sacked from his post as deputy head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council amid the escalating civil war. Photo/REUTERS
KHARTOUM – Military Commander Sudan General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan sacked Rapid Support Forces (RSF) head General Mohamed Dagalo from his position as his deputy in the ruling Council of Sovereignty. This dismissal occurred in the midst of a heated civil war in the country.
Civil war has broken out in Sudan between the military and the RSF since last April. This war has killed about 800 people and forced many foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from Sudan.
The RSF is the most powerful paramilitary group in Sudan. Head of RSF General Dagalo better known as Hemedti.
Commander General Al Burhan has appointed Malik Agar, the leader of the armed group that signed a peace deal with the government in 2020, as General Dagalo’s replacement.
The sackings come just over a month after the two ruling generals began fighting for control of the country, following disputes over the integration of the RSF into the armed forces and the transition to civilian rule.
On Friday, the Sudanese capital Khartoum and twin city Bahri came under fresh airstrikes, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation.
More than 70 percent of hospitals in conflict zones are not functioning. The World Health Organization has criticized the looting of tons of supplies in the country.
On Friday, the UN Refugee Agency said that more than a million people had been displaced by the civil war, including at least 843,000 people inside the country.
About 250,000 people also fled to neighboring countries such as Egypt and Chad.