The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan announced on Tuesday their successful takeover of the 20th Infantry Division, a unit belonging to the Sudanese Army that is located outside the city of El Daein in the state of Darfur.
This marks the fourth military division which has been subdued by the RSF in the western part of the country.
“We assure the people of East Darfur and all of Sudan that El Daein will remain secure under the protection of our brave forces, following the expulsion of the forces loyal to Al-Burhan,” the RSF said in a statement released on “X.”
El-Daein had witnessed intense clashes on Monday between the Sudanese Army and the RSF, following days of tension between the two parties.
However, media reports quoted witnesses confirming that the army forces withdrew from the 20th Infantry Division in accordance with an agreement with tribal leaders in East Darfur.
This withdrawal was aimed at safeguarding the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians who had fled the region’s cities after the RSF insisted on attacking the division.
The RSF announced that their forces “achieved a new victory in their continuous string of triumphs by liberating the 20th Infantry Division in the city of El Daein in East Darfur.”
There has been no official comment from the army amid circulating reports about the withdrawal of its forces from the military standoff.
Unexpectedly, a sudden outbreak of fighting erupted between the Sudanese Army and the RSF in mid-April, following weeks of escalating tensions between the two factions.
This conflict unfolded at a time when military and civilian entities were finalizing the details of an internationally-supported political process.