Ethiopian bid for mediation, African Union suspension trouble Egypt’s play for role in Sudan’s transition

Source: Madamasr

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Officials in Cairo watching the violent dispersal of the Sudanese revolutionaries’ sit-in led by the Rapid Support Forces unfold since Monday were left “worried,” says one Egyptian official, who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity, especially because it was so “messy.”

The violence in Khartoum began just after 5 am on Monday morning, when the Rapid Support Forces, led by the transitional military council’s Deputy General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”, and riot police attacked the mass sit-in, which had been a major catalyst for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, after months of protests. The RSF — the paramilitary group made up of Janjaweed militias linked to the Bashir regime’s war crimes and genocide in Darfur — opened fire on protesters, set fire to the encampment’s tents, sometimes with protesters still inside, and assaulted medical personnel in hospitals as well as those who attempted to access the wounded in the streets. Eyewitnesses have stated that the RSF threw the bodies of those killed in the Nile, a fact corroborated by the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors announcing the discovery of 40 bodies in the river. There have also been widespread accounts of systematic rape and sexual violence by RSF officers on social media, which Mada Masr has been unable to independently verify.

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