Sudan Tribune reported military sources as saying on Saturday that violent clashes occurred between the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army led by Minni Minawi (SLM/A-MM) and defectors from the Revolutionary Awakening Council loyal to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) inside Libyan territory, resulting in deaths and injuries on both sides.

Sources informed Sudan Tribune that forces loyal to General Mohamed Bakhit Ajab Al-Dor, a defector from the Revolutionary Awakening Council, repelled an attack by SLM/A-MM elements while attempting to enter Sudanese territory. The attack occurred in the Balanja area inside Libya, inflicting heavy losses on the SLM/A-MM.

The RSF-aligned Revolutionary Awakening faction reportedly seized 15 military vehicles, four supply trucks, and ammunition, and captured several soldiers. General Mohamed Bakhit Ajab Al-Dor, the commander of the splinter group, supports the RSF, while the Revolutionary Awakening Council’s chairman, Musa Hilal, has aligned with the Sudanese army, the report says.

It added that Al-Dor forces began withdrawing from Libya last week, heading to Sudan to support the RSF, which was engaged in bloody confrontations in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.

UN reports indicate that thousands of Sudanese fighters are present in various Libyan cities, operating within the forces of Khalifa Haftar. However, after the outbreak of war in Sudan in mid-April 2023, some military groups began withdrawing into Sudanese territory to support the warring parties.

Meanwhile, RSF field commander Ali Rizq Allah, known as “Al-Savanna,” claimed that their forces control the tri-border area linking Sudan, Libya, and Chad. Last week, clashes occurred between armed movements loyal to the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF near “Al-Zurq,” an RSF base in the tri-border area.