RSF Attacks Oilfields, Airport in West Kordofan

A man stands by as a fire rages in a livestock market area in al-Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state, on September 1, 2023, in the aftermath of bombardment by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). (Photo by AFP)
A man stands by as a fire rages in a livestock market area in al-Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state, on September 1, 2023, in the aftermath of bombardment by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). (Photo by AFP)
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RSF Attacks Oilfields, Airport in West Kordofan

A man stands by as a fire rages in a livestock market area in al-Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state, on September 1, 2023, in the aftermath of bombardment by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). (Photo by AFP)
A man stands by as a fire rages in a livestock market area in al-Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state, on September 1, 2023, in the aftermath of bombardment by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). (Photo by AFP)

Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said on Monday they had launched attacks on oil-rich West Kordofan province in an attempt to fully seize the province.

The attacks targeted the biggest oilfields in Heglig and Balila and the main airport in the city.

This coincided with another attack on the city of Zalingei, the capital of the state of Central Darfur.

This escalation comes days after Saudi Arabia, the US, the African Union, and IGAD announced resuming negotiations between the Sudanese army and the RSF in Jeddah.

It also comes days after the RSF fully seized the city of Nyala, the capital of the state of South Darfur and the second strategic city in terms of military and economy in western Sudan.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Sudanese Air Force launched intensive raids on the RSF forces in the vicinity of the oilfields and the airport after the withdrawal of civilian workers.

Sources from the region didn’t confirm that the RSF seized the oilfields, and no official comment was made by the army regarding the military operations in West Kordofan.

Local sources reported that the attack started Monday morning.

On RSF's official X account, a statement read that the forces managed to liberate the airport of Balila and made the army forces suffer heavy losses in lives and equipment.

The airport is located 55 km from the city of Al Fula, the capital of West Kordofan State.

Moreover, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum revealed in its most recent data that the Balila oilfield produces around 16,000 barrels per day and is run in partnership with a Chinese company.

 

 



Sudan's RSF Agrees with UN on Steps to Ease Aid Delivery

Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Sudan's RSF Agrees with UN on Steps to Ease Aid Delivery

Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces agreed with the United Nations on some steps to ease aid delivery in areas under its control, a member of the RSF told Reuters on Thursday.

The Sudanese army has not reached any understandings on aid delivers with the RSF, he added. It is unclear if these steps could be implemented without the army's participation.

Meanwhile, a key supply route into Sudan's Darfur region, deemed at risk of famine by a global monitor, has been cut off due to heavy rains, a World Food Program official told Reuters on Thursday.
The UN agency has described Sudan as the world's biggest hunger crisis, with the western Darfur region most at risk as Sudan's 15-month civil war that has displaced millions and sparked ethnic violence grinds on.
WFP's Country Director Eddie Rowe said thousands of tons of aid are stranded at the Tina crossing on the Chad border, prompting the body to reopen talks with the army-aligned government to open an alternative, all-weather crossing further south called Adre.
"You have these huge rivers. As I speak now, our convoy, which is supposed to move over 2000 metric tons is stranded," he told Reuters from Port Sudan. Asked on the status of the talks that resumed this week, he said: "It's 50/50.”
WFP is now seeking clearances to move a large 70-truck convoy via a little-used, over 1000 kilometer route from Port Sudan to Darfur which Rowe said will involve crossing the battle lines of both the Sudan Armed Forces, the Rapid Support Forces and various militias.
He added that this mostly desert route has worked in the past but outside of the rainy season and that the last journey took weeks and was "fraught with a lot of challenges.”
In a separate interview, Mona Rishmawi, a member of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Sudan, told Reuters that she had met Darfur refugees in Chad who told her stories of escaping with virtually no water and eating grass along the route. "There's no doubt that people are starving," she said.