Conflicts: Mediators extend ceasefire in Sudan by five days

Conflicts: Mediators extend ceasefire in Sudan by five days

The agreed ceasefire was fragile: during the ceasefire there had been reports of shootings, airstrikes, bombings and looting in Sudan. An extension has now been confirmed.

A few hours before the end of the fragile ceasefire in Sudan, the conflicting parties agreed on a five-day extension.

Saudi Arabia and the United States, which mediates between the Sudanese armed forces and the rival Rapid Support Forces (RSF), welcomed the settlement. The US State Department announced on Twitter in the evening that the ten-day ceasefire, which expired at midnight, had been extended by both parties by five days.

The extension will allow time for the delivery of more humanitarian aid, the restoration of essential services and further negotiations on a longer-term solution, it said. Although the ceasefire has not yet been fully observed, around two million Sudanese have received humanitarian aid in the past few days, according to the Foreign Ministry. The UN World Food Program (WFP) announced on Monday that it was able to start distributing food in Khartoum on Saturday and has already reached thousands of people.

Recently there have been repeated reports of shootings, air raids, bombings and looting in the capital Khartoum. The army and RSF accused each other of being responsible for breaking the ceasefire. According to the coordinator of the UN refugee agency in Darfur, there has also been heavy fighting in the western part of the country. Humanitarian aid has therefore not yet reached this region.

In the country on the Horn of Africa, the army led by de facto President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has been fighting the paramilitary RSF, led by Al-Burhan’s former deputy, Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, since April 15. The two generals seized power together in 2021, but later fell out.

Source: Stern

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