Rapid Support Forces stormed five prisons, released inmates: Sudan's Interior Ministry

Ahram Online , AFP , Wednesday 26 Apr 2023

​Sudan's Interior Ministry accused on Wednesday the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of storming five prisons and releasing inmates from 21 to 24 April. The ministry added in a statement that the RSF stormed Kober Prison, resulting in the deaths and injuries of several prison administration employees, and released all inmates from the prison.

In this image grab taken from handout video footage released by the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 23, 2023, a fighter waves an assault rifle while standing by a damaged technical vehicle (pickup truck mounted with a turret) in the East Nile district of greater Khartoum.AFP


Late on Tuesday, Ahmed Harun, a top aide of former president Omar Al-Bashir, claimed that together with other members of Al-Bashir regime he had escaped from Kober Prison. Al-Bashir had also been held in the same prison, but the army confirmed on Wednesday that the 79-year-old had already been transferred to a hospital before the fighting erupted on 15 April.

"Members of Al-Bashir's regime, including Al-Bashir himself, had been moved to military-run Aliyaa Hospital due to their health conditions... and remain in the hospital under the guard of the judicial police,” the army said in a statement.

Harun claimed in a recorded address to the Sudanese television that he and other jailed regime members had remained in detention at Kober for nine days, even after the jail was emptied of both guards and prisoners. He added that they had taken responsibility for their protection in another location.

The escape of leading figures from the ousted regime of Al-Bashir, at least one of whom is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, has raised fears the conflict may take a turn for the worse.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese army confirmed that the RSF continue to violate the truce declared on 25 April by launching random artillery shelling on areas in the vicinity of the General Command building and the strategic facilities administration.

“Snipers have also been reported to be shooting in areas surrounding Khartoum Airport, the residential airport neighbourhood, and areas in Bahri and Omdurman,” the Sudanese army said in a statement.

It also accused “the rebels” of stationing themselves inside residential areas to use residents as human shields.

“The theft of a large number of food distribution vehicles is another violation of the ceasefire. This action endangers citizens' property and makes them military targets,” the army added.

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