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Conflict in Sudan: US Reports Combatants Reached a 7-day Ceasefire

The fighting between two factions in Sudan has caused more than a million people to be displaced

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SUDAN: The US-Saudi statement claims that a “ceasefire monitoring mechanism” will be used to enforce a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire between RSF and Sudan’s regular army, with officials consenting to restart critical services.

The fighting between two factions in Sudan has caused more than a million people to be displaced, with Qatar claiming that “irregular armed forces” have trashed its embassy in Khartoum. The UN’s relief warehouses and other embassies have also been destroyed.

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Humanitarian organisations have been unable to provide enough support in Khartoum, where most of the violence has occurred. Peace talks in Jeddah were sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the United States, which declared a truce on Monday night.

The US State Department announced an agreement to mediate peace in Sudan, which will be supported by a US-Saudi and international-supported ceasefire monitoring mechanism.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for both parties to uphold the agreement and allow unrestricted humanitarian access.

The war in Sudan began on April 15 when Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the commander of Sudan’s regular army, engaged in a power struggle. It has resulted in hundreds of deaths, and the UN has warned that the situation is only going to get worse.

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Two weeks ago, both parties agreed on a commitment to create the foundation for humanitarian aid in Sudan, but Martin Griffiths, the head of the UN’s relief efforts, said there had been “important and egregious” breaches of the agreement.

Strikes were reported in Omdurman and Bahri, two cities across the Nile from Khartoum, as reports of violence continued to spread. An Omdurman resident recalls “heavy artillery fire” as the cause of her home shaking early on Saturday.

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