Shambat Bridge destroyed, bringing new advantage to Sudan's army
Attack on bridge augurs fresh Omdurman fighting
A massive explosion at dawn today in Sudan’s capital destroyed the Shambat Bridge, which links Omdurman with Khartoum Bahri.
Both parties confirmed the news in their own statements, each side blaming the other. Video from the scene provided visual confirmation.
Shambat Bridge is the only bridge controlled by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across the Nile, making it a crucial link to move men and materiel from Omdurman to Khartoum Bahri and Khartoum.
Three other bridges across the White Nile are contested: Halfaya Bridge, Fatehab Bridge, and White Nile (Medical Corps) Bridge. The RSF control the eastern bank of each of these bridges, while SAF controls the western side.
The RSF now will have greater difficulty moving reinforcements from one part of the capital region to another. However, they still control bridges across the Blue Nile, including Mek Nimr Bridge, Manshia Bridge, and Soba Bridge. They can therefore still move troops back and forth from Khartoum to East Nile and Khartoum Ba…