Sudan army chief in Egypt in first trip since war began – Capital Radio Malawi
22 June, 2024

Sudan army chief in Egypt in first trip since war began

Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan visits the Flamingo Marine Base in Port Sudan on August 28, 2023. The war between Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has raged since April 15, spreading from Khartoum and Darfur to Kordofan and Jazira state, killing thousands and forcing millions to flee their homes. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

The head of the Sudanese armed forces, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, is in Egypt meeting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

It is the first time Sudan’s military ruler has left Sudan since internal conflict broke out in April, between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

The Egyptian president has backed Gen Burhan during the war but has also being pushing for dialogue.

The UN says the fighting has forced more than four million Sudanese to flee their homes.

The Egyptian president is an ally of the Sudanese army leader. But as far as we know he’s not given significant military support during this war.

Egypt is worried about an even greater influx of refugees should the fighting in Sudan continue and so may keep pushing for dialogue.

General Burhan says he wants to fight on but could come under pressure to try negotiations.

The war is having a terrible impact on civilians.

Reports have just come out of an attack last week in Nyala town in Darfur.

Eyewitnesses say dozens of people were seeking shelter from the fighting under a bridge. The Sudanese army then shelled it killing 39 of them – including many women and children.

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