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Sudan: Ex-regime members flee prison as another truce is disrupted

Several cease-fires have failed to stop the bloodshed in Sudan, with both the Sudanese armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces accusing the other of violating the most recent truce.
Sudanese army soldiers, loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Fighting continued in Sudan on Wednesday in violation of another cease-fire, while members of the previous regime of Omar al-Bashir escaped from prison late on Tuesday. The developments likely spell more trouble for Sudan as people flee the violence.

Former top Bashir aide Ahmed Harun escaped from prison on Tuesday night along with other members of the old regime. Harun is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, and the escapes are adding to people’s fears in the country, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Sudanese armed forces also confirmed on Wednesday that Bashir himself has been moved from the Kober Prison in Khartoum to the nearby Aliaa Military Hospital, per another Twitter statement.

Background: Fighting broke out between the Sudanese armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary earlier this month following tensions between RSF leader Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Sudan’s de facto ruler, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

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