RSF take control of army garrison at Um Dafog
Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) yesterday took control of Um Dafog, a town on the border of Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). They claimed they captured 125 soldiers. There are no reports of fighting, which means the garrison likely surrendered without a fight.
The fall of Um Dafog is not particularly surprising given RSF’s political and military dominance in South Darfur and in the neighboring eastern part of the Central African Republic, where they are involved in gold mining.
In general, SAF garrisons in remote parts of Darfur are vulnerable; the Zalingei garrison was attacked in late May and a SAF outpost in Kutum in North Darfur fell to RSF about a week ago.
SAF’s largest remaining units in the Darfur region are in El Fasher and Nyala, where an uneasy truce was brokered locally between the 16th Infantry Division and the RSF forces in the city. Many SAF soldiers and RSF in Darfur are ethnically the same. This reduces the changes of fighting but also makes it unlikely …