Sudanese Army Seizes Control of National Radio Headquarters, Signaling Major Victory Amid Ongoing Conflict

In a statement issued by the army, the capture of the National Radio headquarters was hailed as a “major victory.” However, despite gaining control of the building last April, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) had been unable to broadcast from it, with state television continuing to air pro-army content from alternative locations within the country.

The power struggle between the army and the RSF for dominance over Khartoum and nearby cities has persisted since the outbreak of war. Despite calls from the United Nations Security Council for a ceasefire during Ramadan, intense fighting has persisted in various parts of the capital.

The significance of the National Radio headquarters extends beyond its physical capture. Mohanad Hashim, a former employee of Sudan’s state broadcaster now with the BBC, emphasizes the emotional attachment Sudanese people have to national radio. He describes the seizure as a “major defeat” for the RSF, as the headquarters served as a strategic stronghold for them.

The conflict, which erupted last April following a dispute between General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the army, and RSF chief Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), over a plan for civilian rule, has resulted in widespread displacement, destruction in Khartoum, a humanitarian crisis, and ethnically motivated violence in Darfur.

Despite numerous international efforts to broker a ceasefire, the conflict continues to escalate, with no resolution in sight.

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