U.S. convoy targeted in Sudan amid ongoing fighting

April 18, 2023

I can confirm that yesterday we had an American diplomatic convoy that was fired on.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. A group of U.S. vehicles in Sudan were attacked on Monday amid ongoing fights between two rival generals.

What To Know: Rival generals – one from “a powerful paramilitary group” and the other from the Sudanese military – are fighting for control of Africa’s third-largest country. Widespread gunfire and explosions began hitting the capital on Saturday, and at least 144 civilians have been killed and more than 1,400 have been wounded, the Sudan Doctors’ Syndicate said on Tuesday.

Why It Matters: Amid fighting, a U.S. diplomatic convoy was attacked; no one was harmed but Blinken called the action “reckless … irresponsible and … unsafe.” After the attack on Monday, the Sudanese Army (called the Rapid Support Forces) and the rival paramilitary force agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire so civilians could gain access to relief supplies and join with their families, however, fighting erupted shortly after the cease-fire was supposed to have begun.

Important Context: Sudan was designated a State Sponsor of Terrorism from 1993 to 2020 for providing assistance to terrorist groups, including serving as a safe haven for Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. Sudan has been working towards a democratic transition for the past few years, and the U.S. appointed a U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan in February 2022. As of now, U.S. Ambassador John Godfrey remains in Sudan.

Fighting rages in Sudan hours after cease-fire was to begin (The Associated Press)

Sudan Live Updates: Attempt at Cease-Fire Appears to Fail as Reports of Fighting Continue (The New York Times)

Blinken confirms attack on US diplomatic convoy in Sudan as fighting continues (ABC News)

by Jenna Lee,