Uneasy calm in Sudan as warring generals extend ceasefire (gazettengr.com)

Uneasy calm in Sudan as warring generals extend ceasefire


Streets in some Sudanese cities returned to relative calm on Sunday as a shaky ceasefire helped scale back a conflict that has left hundreds dead in the past two weeks.

Police have been deployed to maintain order in Khartoum and Omdurman, eyewitnesses reported, although there are continued reports of looting and sporadic gunfire, according to a dpa journalist in Khartoum.

Despite the 72hour ceasefire on Thursday, clashes continued over the weekend, with both sides accusing the other of violating the agreement.

Both Sudans armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group said they would extend a humanitarian truce for another 72 hours from midnight (2200 GMT).

The RSF groups spokesman said it was responding to international and local calls to open humanitarian corridors and allow civilians to reach safe areas.

The armed forces said the extended ceasefire was based on the efforts of (an) AmericanSaudi mediation request.

According to the World Health Organisation, the latest casualties reported by the Sudanese Ministry of Health were 528 dead and 4,620 injured since fighting broke out on April 15.

We are extremely concerned by the immediate as well as longterm impact on all people in Sudan and the broader region, the UN official stated.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it had sent a plane of medical supplies to Port Sudan, and a second plane with emergency personnel would follow.

Sudans de facto president Abdel Fattah alBurhan has been locked in conflict with his deputy Mohammed Hamdan Daglo with the help of the countrys military since April 15.

Daglo is the leader of the influential RSF.

The two generals took over the countrys leadership of about 46 million through two military coups in 2019 and 2021.

Thousands of people are still fleeing the country, state workers have been given indefinite leave, and governments worldwide have launched evacuation missions to airlift their citizens to safety.

British officials, after officially ending their Sudanese evacuation mission, announced another flight to take people from the conflicthit country on Monday after flying out 2,122 people.

Dutch officials meanwhile said they had completed their evacuation of at least 160 Dutch nationals from the country on Saturday evening, while Irish officials said they have now transported a total of 209 citizens out of Sudan.

The UN World Food Programme has warned that the ongoing violence could plunge the entire region of East Africa into a humanitarian crisis.

A third of the countrys population was starving even before the fighting broke out.

However, the real toll is believed to be much higher.

The humanitarian situation in Sudan was reaching breaking point, the UNs emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths said in a statement.

Goods essential for peoples survival were becoming scarce in the hardesthit urban centres, especially Khartoum, and families were struggling to access water, food, fuel, medical care and other critical commodities, Mr Griffiths said.

He said the United Nations and its partners were doing our best to reboot the humanitarian response in the country, adding that massive looting of the offices and warehouses of humanitarian organisations has depleted most of our supplies.

He said a shipment containing five containers of intravenous fluids and other emergency supplies were docked in Port Sudan, awaiting authorities clearance.

The scale and speed of what is unfolding in Sudan is unprecedented.


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