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Sudan military urges volunteers as RSF holds on

Update : 04 Jul 2023, 01:38

It is unclear if the Sudanese army's call for fighting volunteers is a forced conscription. Meanwhile, fighting between the army and the paramilitary RSF has persisted in the capital Khartoum and in Darfur.

Sudan's armed forces have called on the country's youth to join them in the fight against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), as the war between the two factions drags on into a third month.

In a statement on Monday, the Sudanese military said the call was an extension of an earlier one by army general Abdel-Fattah Burhan. The top army general made a similar speech on TV days ago, calling on civilians to join "the military movement."

The fighting has thus far left at least 3,000 killed, though paramedics suggest the real death toll is much higher. Over 2.8 million people have also been forced to flee fighting areas, including hundreds of thousands who crossed into neighboring countries, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

The military has been locked since April 15 in a violent fight for power with the RSF, a powerful paramilitary led by Burhan's former number two, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo.

The military urged on Monday "the youth and all those who are able to participate" to join the fight against the RSF "in the honor of defending the existence and the dignity of the Sudanese people."

The statement said that military units and division commanders have been instructed to "receive and prepare" volunteers, urging them to turn themselves in to the nearest military headquarters or unit.

It is not yet clear whether the call for volunteers is a forced conscription. It comes, however, as the RSF seems to be progressing in several flashpoints.

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