In a tragic turn of events, a Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter belonging to the Sudanese Air Forces was shot down by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) over Kobar Bridge in Khartoum State.
Also, two other Mi-24 helicopters were captured on the ground. However, those appears not be airworthy.
The incident highlights the escalating tensions and conflicts within Sudan, posing a significant challenge to the stability and security of the country.
The exact circumstances leading to the incident are still unclear, and conflicting reports have emerged. Some sources suggest that the RSF, a paramilitary force that operates under the authority of the Sudanese government, shot down the helicopter after it allegedly crossed into an area controlled by the RSF without proper authorization. Other reports indicate that the incident may have been a result of miscommunication or misunderstanding between different branches of the Sudanese security forces.
Regardless of the details, the shooting down of a Sudanese Air Force helicopter is a serious and concerning development. The Sudanese military has been grappling with internal conflicts for many years, involving various ethnic, political, and economic issues. The incident underscores the complex and volatile nature of the situation, with different armed groups and factions vying for control and influence in the country.
Similarly, the RSF also captured at least two MiG-29M Fulcrum fighter jets belonging to the Egyptian Air Force, as well as special forces from Egypts El’Saka unit.
The incident also raises concerns about the safety and well-being of civilians in Sudan, particularly those living in conflict-affected areas. Civilians caught in the crossfire of internal conflicts often bear the brunt of the violence, facing risks of displacement, injuries, and even death. It is crucial for all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.
The international community has called for restraint and the resumption of dialogue to address the ongoing conflicts in Sudan. The African Union, the United Nations, and other regional and international actors have expressed deep concern about the situation and called for all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution of their differences. They have emphasized the need for accountability for human rights violations and the importance of upholding international humanitarian law.