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Sudan.. Negotiations in Jeddah and fighting on the ground

Residents spoke of clashes on the ground in several districts of Khartoum between the two sides in the conflict and an intense exchange of fire north of Omdurman and east of Bahri, two towns separated by the Nile from Khartoum.

Statement by the Sudanese army on the situation on the ground

A statement from the Sudanese army on Wednesday evening shed light on the situation on the ground, revealing the following:

The operational situation is stable in all states of the country, except for the continuous violations committed by the rebel militia in parts of the capital regions, which are represented by concentrations in residential areas and the accompanying terrorist acts. represented by kidnappings, looting of public property and private property, violation of the sanctity of dwellings, widespread destruction of service facilities, looting of banks, indiscriminate bombings and the seizure of large numbers of hospitals and their transformation into military headquarters. Our forces carried out an extensive search operation in Bahri, which included clashes with the rebels, during which they killed hundreds, destroyed dozens of armed vehicles and suppressed numerous enemy bases in the area. A group of our forces successfully ambushed a rebel militia movement south of Bahri and succeeded in destroying 7 armed vehicles and seizing 6 of them. The rebel militia continues to detain two media personalities at the headquarters of the National Radio and Television Authority since April 15. We call on citizens to avoid movement in any area where clashes between our forces and rebel militias occur.

Cautious US optimism on Jeddah talks

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland told Congress on Wednesday that US negotiators attending talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aimed at extending the ceasefire between the two sides to the conflict in Sudan, feel a ” cautious optimism”.

“Our objective in these talks is very focused, first to get agreement on a declaration of humanitarian principles, then a ceasefire long enough to facilitate the consistent delivery of much-needed services,” Nuland said in testimony before the Senate. Relations Committee.

She added: “If this step is successful, and I spoke to our negotiators this morning and they were cautiously optimistic, then that will allow for broader discussions with other local, regional and international parties for a definitive cessation of fighting, and then a return to civilian rule, as the Sudanese people have been calling for for years. »

Army and Rapid Support Forces delegations have been holding meetings for days, under the auspices of the United States and Saudi Arabia, in the city of Jeddah.

Negotiations between the two sides aim to reach a genuine truce and allow relief and supplies to arrive, after repeated declarations of a ceasefire failed to stop the fighting, which has left millions of people trapped in their homes and areas.

humanitarian crisis

The conflict in Sudan has caused a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s third largest country and has displaced more than 700,000 people internally, as well as the flight from 150,000 neighboring countries, and triggered unrest in the Darfur region in the west of the country. .

The United Nations World Food Program predicted on Wednesday that up to 2.5 million Sudanese would go hungry in the coming months due to the ongoing conflict, bringing the number of severely food insecure to 19 million.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, the fighting left more than 600 dead and five thousand injured.

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