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WorldAfricaCalm in Sudanese capital under 24-hour truce

Calm in Sudanese capital under 24-hour truce

The brief truce follows a series of ceasefire agreements that have been violated by both sides in the conflict, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.

The United States and Saudi Arabia said they were “disappointed” by the violations in the statement announcing the latest truce, and both mediators threatened to postpone the talks, which have continued indirectly recently, if the fighting continues.

The fighting, which began on April 15, has turned the capital region, which includes the cities of Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman, into a war zone and has led to conflicts in Darfur and Kordofan in the west. from Sudan.

Before the truce took effect at 06:00 (04:00 GMT), residents reported anti-aircraft missile fire in southern Khartoum and the eastern Nile region across the river, which also saw air strikes.

The week since the end of the last ceasefire on June 3 has been marked by heavy fighting, with some clashes taking place near major military bases, and the Rapid Support Forces claiming to have taken control of an arms manufacturing complex south of Khartoum. .

The US State Department said late Friday it was supporting a platform called the Sudan Conflict Monitor to publish the results of satellite observations of the fighting and the ceasefire.

A preliminary report by the observatory documented the “widespread and targeted” destruction of water, electricity and communication facilities.

He also documented eight “systematic” arson attacks that destroyed villages in Darfur, as well as several attacks on schools, mosques and other public buildings in the far western town of El Geneina, which have been the scene of violent attacks by local groups amid a communications breakdown.

The United Nations has said more than half of Sudan’s population will need help this year due to fighting, with most hospitals in conflict zones out of work and food supplies dwindling in many areas.

The previous ceasefire allowed some humanitarian aid to arrive, but aid agencies said they were still hampered by fighting, bureaucratic restrictions and looting.

The fighting has displaced more than 1.9 million people, more than 400,000 of whom have crossed borders into neighboring countries.

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