Battle of the Onion
Observations on fighting south of Khartoum (June 1, 2023)
Clashes occurred in the vicinity of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Taiba Camp near Jebel Aulia on Thursday, June 1st. Both sides subsequently claimed control of the camp. Several vehicles were captured or destroyed on each side.
RSF fighters referred to the day’s fighting as the “Battle of Taiba” or “Battle of the Onion” — a mocking reference to claims that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers are eating onions while the RSF soldiers feast on meat. One video taken in the area showed RSF soldiers pulling onions out of the pocket of a prisoner.
Although it is clear there was fighting, it is misleading to suggest that there was a pitched battle for control of the camp. Taiba camp was bombed in the first days of the war, so RSF are unlikely to be staying inside it for fear of being attacked from the air. They are more likely to be maneuvering in the countryside and towns around Jebel Aulia and Taiba.
Therefore, the fighting was not as…