CNN published a detailed investigation accusing the Russian Wagner Group of supporting the Rapid Support Forces in The ongoing battles in Sudan.
The American Network also reported testimonies of civilians who were subjected to abuse and extortion by those forces.
Fingers of accusation were once again pointed at the Russian Wagner Group, and the accusation of arming the Rapid Support Forces, as the American “CNN” network conducted a detailed investigation through which it accused the Russian paramilitary group of arming Hemeti’s forces.
The accusations of the American network were based on testimonies of intelligence officials and eyewitnesses that were collected over months of field work.
How does Wagner support the Rapid Support Forces?
The beginning is by collecting weapons from different Russian bases. Wagner forces transfer their weapons from the Russian air and naval base in the Syrian coastal region of Latakia, and also from their bases in eastern Libya, and the destination is Bangui Airport in the Central African Republic, after which the weapons are transported by land to the border points with Darfur. On the border with Central Africa.
Commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Reuters)
Why Rapid Support Forces?
So why do you think the Wagner Group supports the Rapid Support Forces?
The network says that Wagner’s support for Himidi’s forces comes in exchange for its acquisition of gold mines controlled by Himidti’s forces.
The CNN investigation not only revealed Wagner’s support for the support forces, but also delved into grave violations by Hamidti’s forces, as the investigation presented testimonies of people who were subjected to attacks by the support forces.
The same witnesses mentioned that the support forces set up checkpoints at the border crossings to blackmail civilians wishing to flee to escape the heat of a war that refused to stop.
The Rapid Support Forces still control a number of the army’s sovereign and strategic military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, including the presidential palace, the Yarmouk complex for the manufacture of weapons and ammunition, and military and security areas in the vicinity of the main headquarters of the army command in central Khartoum, as well as a number of bridges linking the different regions. And also a number of entrances and exits of the capital.
Since the outbreak of clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in mid-April, the army resorted to air strikes, during which it destroyed the headquarters of the Rapid Support Forces, and attacked a number of its military bases in the capital.
The army repeats that it is able to resolve the battle in the capital, Khartoum, in a short time, had it not been for the Rapid Support Forces taking shelter in residential homes and using civilians as human shields. According to the Sudan Medical Association (non-governmental), 958 civilians were killed and 2,746 injured throughout the country, while the United Nations reports that thousands of civilians were killed and injured as a result of the fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum and the Darfur region.
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