The ministry’s statement reads: “A call is made to all retired members of the armed forces, including officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, and all who are able to bear arms, to go to the nearest military command to arm them. ”
The ministry said this step “is about protecting themselves, protecting their saints and neighbors, protecting their honor and working according to the plans of these areas.”
The call comes as fighting that erupted on April 15 between the army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, led by Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”, resulted in the deaths of more than 1 800 people, according to the non-governmental organization “Aclide”.
The unrest has also forced more than a million Sudanese to flee inside the country, which is ranked among the poorest in the world, while at least 300,000 others have sought refuge in neighboring countries, which are also experiencing crises, according to United Nations data.
On the fourth day of the truce negotiated by Saudi Arabia and the United States, heavy fighting broke out between the army and the Rapid Support Forces on Friday in Darfur, in the west of the country.
The town of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, witnessed “battles with all kinds of weapons”, residents told AFP.
Saudi and American mediators negotiated for two weeks with the two sides in the conflict, before they agreed on a week-long “short-term ceasefire”, which came into effect on Monday evening.
The agreement plans to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, which until now has been impossible, as no humanitarian corridor is secure, which prevents civilians from leaving the areas of clashes.
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