Army chief warns of ‘major conspiracy’ to destroy Sudan

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan

© APA | Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan's army chief

# 31 August 2023 19:35 (UTC +04:00)

Sudan's army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday warned of a “major conspiracy” to undermine the country’s unity, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

“Sudan is targeted by a major conspiracy to destroy it and undermine its unity,” al-Burhan said during a meeting with police officers in the eastern Red Sea state.

He, however, did not provide any details about the alleged conspiracy.

Sudan has been roiled by clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group since April.

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed and thousands injured in the conflict, according to local medics.

"All regular (security) apparatuses will work to confront this conspiracy and thwart it,” al-Burhan said in his comments cited by a statement issued by Sudan’s ruling Transitional Sovereignty Council.

He vowed to bring the RSF forces to accountability for committing war crimes in the capital Khartoum and the western Darfur state.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi and US mediators between the warring rivals had failed to end violence in the country.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that nearly four million people have been displaced by the current conflict in Sudan.

Sudan’s transitional period, which started in August 2019 after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, was scheduled to end with elections in early 2024.