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Despite the “Jeddah truce”, why have clashes returned to Sudan?


A ceasefire was reached after the Jeddah talks, brokered by Saudi Arabia and the United States, after 5 weeks of war in Khartoum and neighboring states, including the western region of Darfur.

According to a statement from the Sudanese Medical Syndicate, obtained by Sky News Arabia, clashes continue between the army and the Rapid Support Forces for the 37th consecutive day, resulting in more casualties, while the number of civilians killed since the onset of clashes rose to 865 cases while more than 3,634 people were injured.

Sudanese citizens told ‘Sky News Arabia’, hearing the sound of gunfire as well as shelling in the capital, Omdurman, and separate areas so far amid fears the truce could collapse, which is used to meet the humanitarian needs of citizens.

The two parties to the conflict accuse each other of “violating the armistice”, the Sudanese army having announced that it repelled an attack on armored vehicles by the Rapid Support Forces, with 6 vehicles destroyed.

On the other hand, the Rapid Support Forces said that the army violated the humanitarian truce and attacked it in a number of axes by means of warplanes, artillery fire and attacks on the ground.

Remnants of the Brotherhood

For his part, the Sudanese writer and political researcher, Maher Abu Al-Goukh, said in statements to “Sky News Arabia” that the two parties to the conflict were largely committed at the start of the truce, and this great stability by compared to previous truces gave it more credibility and effectiveness.

But shortly after the end of the second day of the truce, it suffered a “major setback” with the outbreak of clashes between the two sides, during which the aviation, artillery and ground anti-aircraft defense used, and resulted in the downing of a warplane and the spread of clashes in several areas of Khartoum, according to the Sudanese political analyst.

In light of the military dispute between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, elements of the isolated Muslim Brotherhood regime have intensified their activity in the Sudanese arena, raising the flags of war and opening fronts of blatant hostility to the framework agreement, amid a campaign of incitement to the armed forces and calling for their withdrawal from the political process under the pretext of limiting themselves to a specific political group.

Reasons to fight back

In the opinion of researcher Maher Abu Al-Jawkh, the resumption of fighting and the violation of the armistice are due to several reasons, mainly:

“The setback is linked to facts related to the role of elements of the National Brotherhood Congress Party, which was led by deposed President Omar al-Bashir, in the outbreak of the war”, according to the confessions of the leader of ISIS, Muhammad Ali al-Jazouli, who was arrested by the Rapid Support Forces and whose confession was released on the evening of the first day of the armistice, in which he revealed numerous details confirming the role of the disbanded party group in the ignition of war. The continuation of the war by either of them and the achievement of a decisive victory by either of them seems unlikely due to the state of equilibrium of weakness prevailing between them, in addition to the regional and international repercussions resulting from the absence of one or both. respecting the armistice and working to undermine it, because the regional and international parties will not sit idly by and watch the country slide into general chaos. The armistice, although it has been violated and undermined, will be completed and the course of the Jeddah negotiations will lead to the handing over of power in the country to a civilian government, as this is the option and demand of the Sudanese , and this is the option available to restore and maintain stability, end the war and ensure that the country does not descend into civil war.

control mechanism

And US State Department spokeswoman Hala Gharit previously confirmed to “Sky News Arabia” the existence of a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the “Jeddah Agreement” between representatives of the Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces.

Ministry spokesman Matthew Miller also confirmed in a press release that members of the ceasefire monitoring committee, made up of Saudi and US officials, as well as representatives of the two warring parties in the Sudan, discuss what has been raised about violations of the ceasefire agreement with the two military leaderships in Sudan and Washington.

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