April 26, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has announced that it is deploying additional Rapid Support Forces (RSF) troops to South Kordofan in order to end rebellion in the state.
- Rapid Support Force (RSF) commander Maj. Gen. Abbas Abdelaziz (Ashorooq TV)
The RSF militia, which is widely known as the Janjaweed militias, were originally mobilised by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.
The militia was activated and restructured again in August last year under the command of NISS to fight rebel groups in Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following joint attacks by Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels in North and South Kordofan in April 2013.
Sudan Tribune spotted large numbers of the RSF on several main streets in the capital Khartoum on their way to South Kordofan which led to traffic jams in those streets.
The move comes within a framework of a plan to intensify military operations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following statements made by senior military commanders that this summer would witness the end of rebellion in both areas.
Earlier this month, defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein told the parliament that the decisive summer military campaign against the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in the Nuba Mountain has begun.
The SPLM-N had asked rights groups to monitor and document government abuses against civilians in the Nuba Mountains as of April 25 2014.
It said that president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has personally oversaw the military campaign against the people of Nuba Mountain.
SPLM-N spokesperson Jatigo Amoga Delman disclosed on Saturday that NISS’s director, Mohamed Atta, instructed all government institutions along the way from Khartoum to the Nuba Mountains to facilitate movement of RSF troops.
He underscored the government uses peace talks which are currently taking place in Addis Ababa as a cover for crimes it commit on the ground, pointing the head of the government delegation, Ibrahim Ghandour, seeks to distract attention of the regional and international community until the government ends its military campaign.
Delman further revealed that government troops are mobilising in several areas including Dalami, Abu Gibaiha, and Um Brimbita, calling upon Nuba Mountains people inside Sudan and abroad to confront the government’s military campaign politically and diplomatically as well as in the media.
Last week, the Sudanese army announced the liberation of five areas in South Kordofan state within the framework of the second phase of the decisive summer campaign to end rebellion in the state.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned of the displacement of thousands of civilians following renewed fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly bulletin that close to 6,700 people fled their homes in eastern South Kordofan over the past week following clashes between government security forces and SPLM-N.
It also said that an estimated 4,300 people fled their homes in Denglock and moved to Bulnag and Dindiro in Kurmuk locality in the Blue Nile state following fighting between the Sudanese army and the SPLM–N.
The report also pointed that over 300,000 people were displaced by fighting in parts of Darfur since February 2014.