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Sudan: ceasefire for 24 hours after bloody fighting

Each side already has troops distributed throughout Khartoum and the neighboring city of Omdurman / Photo: AFP.

The Sudanese Army and a powerful paramilitary group agreed to apply a 24-hour ceasefire on Tuesday, the fourth day followed by combats that have already left more than 180 dead and have plunged the country into an unprecedented situation.

The announcement came hours after an attack on a US embassy convoy in Sudan, an assault on the residence of the European Union (EU) envoy and the shelling of the Norwegian ambassador’s home, all in Khartoum, the capital. from the African Arab country.

Dead and wounded

More than 185 people have died and more than 1,800 have been injured since fighting began on Saturday, according to UN figures, which do not include a breakdown of civilians and combatants.

The Sudanese Doctors Union said at least 144 civilians have been killed and more than 1,400 wounded since the start of hostilities.

General Shams El Din Kabbashi, a member of the Sudanese Army, announced to the Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera news networks that a 24-hour ceasefire will come into force this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. by virtue of an agreement with the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (FAR).

Shortly after, the CNN network in Arabic specified that the truce was confirmed by the commander of the Armed Forces, Abdel Fatah al-Burhan.

Earlier, FAR leader General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo declared a “24-hour armistice” after speaking by phone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and “other friendly nations.”

The fighting is part of a power struggle between generals Al Burhan and Daglo Photo AFP
The fighting is part of a power struggle between generals Al Burhan and Daglo / Photo: AFP.

after the truce

After the announcement of the truce, the fighting appeared to have stopped in the south of Khartoum, but continued in the center of the capital, near the presidential palace and the headquarters of the General Command of the Armyreported the Arabic news network Al Jazeera.

Since the beginning of the fighting, which has spread to almost the entire country, the residents of Khartoum have been sheltered in their homes, and food is beginning to be lacking in the few supermarkets that are still open.

Areas of the city lack electricity and water, and hospitals were beginning to run short of vital supplies, medical authorities and NGOs said.

The conflict

The fighting that has been shaking Sudan since this week affects the entire region and they are part of a power struggle between Al Burhan and Daglo.

The two generals are former allies who jointly orchestrated a coup in October 2021 that derailed Sudan’s transition to democracy. after decades of military dictatorship.

The armed conflict in Sudan provokes positions in the region. While Egypt supports the Sudanese Army, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have forged links with the FAR.

Each side already has dozens of thousands of troops spread across Khartoum and the neighboring city of Omdurmanon the opposite bank of the Nile River.

The chaotic fighting, with gunfights, artillery barrages, tank use and air strikes, takes place in heavily populated areas. Residents have denounced the looting of shops and homes by fighters.

The UN announced yesterday that it was suspending its operations in Sudan for security reasons.

“The struggle is born of power games and personal interests that only serve to alienate the democratic aspirations of the population” Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Red Cross and the World Health Organization (WHO) asked the warring parties that guarantee the access of humanitarian aid to people who need it.

The US Embassy convoy of vehicles was attacked on Monday despite being clearly identified, and preliminary reports link the attackers to the FAR, Blinken told reporters in Japan. Everyone in the convoy was safe, he added.

The State Department said Blinken spoke by phone separately with Al Burhan and Daglo and asked for an immediate 24-hour ceasefire.

“I made it very clear that any attack, threat or danger to our diplomats it was totally unacceptable,” Blinken told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of G7 ministers.

Areas of the city Khartoum lack electricity and water and hospitals began to run short of vital supplies Photo AFP
Areas of the city of Khartoum lack electricity and water, and hospitals were beginning to run out of vital supplies / Photo: AFP.

Assaults on diplomats

The assaults on the houses of diplomats were yet another sign that the conflict is out of control.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, tweeted on Monday that the EU ambassador to Sudan “was assaulted in his own residence”, without elaborating. The Army and the FAR they blamed each other for the incident.

Early Sunday morning, the Norwegian ambassador’s residence in Khartoum was hit by a shell, Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

The impact caused damage but the ambassador was not injured, he said, adding that the residence did not appear to have been intentionally targeted.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, called for an immediate ceasefire and that the combatants return to the negotiations.

“Sudan has already endured so much pain and suffering. The struggle is born of power games and personal interests that only serve to alienate the democratic aspirations of the population,” Turk remarked in a statement.

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