SUDAN: Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan’s paramilitary, mentioned that it conceded to a truce spanning 72 hours on the grounds of humanitarianism in spite of violence happening following the ceasefire was supposed to be made effective.
On Friday morning, RSF added, “The truce coincides with the holy Eid Al-Fitr, allowing humanitarian routes to be opened to evacuate residents and allow them to greet their relatives.”
Since the conflict commenced on Saturday, there have been at least 350 deaths and thousands of wounded. The RSF, instructed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, the deputy leader of the ruling council, has been involved in a battle with armed forces loyal to Sudan’s military ruler, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Fears of a lengthy, violent civil war are increasing as a consequence of their power struggle, which has delayed the shift to a civilian administration.
An activist said, “The situation is currently peaceful, but we are concerned. The terrible part is that the markets have all been destroyed, and they were the primary source of seeds, groceries, and other necessities, so this is a total tragedy. Since the roads are closed everywhere, we are completely shut off. We are now at the mercy of the militia.”
After the scheduled commencement of the ceasefire at 6 am, sightings of bombing and shelling in various regions of Khartoum emerged. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general, and Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, had independently requested a ceasefire of “at least” three days to honour Eid al-Fitr in the predominantly Muslim country.
In a statement, The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors stated, “Several sections of Khartoum were bombed on the night of Eid al-Fitr and are still subject to bombardment and confrontations between the armed forces and the RSF. We urge all residents to take care, stay at home, close doors and windows, and lie down. We further urge these troops to take responsibility and immediately cease fighting in order to protect innocent lives.”
Approximately 12 facilities that were initiated by the international organisations in the area have been destroyed, including government offices as well, with a lot of civilians losing their lives or getting heavily injured, as recorded by local civil society sources.