Sudan Conflict: warring sides agree 24-hour ceasefire from Saturday

Sudan’s warring sides have agreed on a nationwide ceasefire for 24 hours from 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Saturday, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. who have been brokering talks said in a joint statement.

Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support forces (RSF) agreed “they will refrain from prohibited movements, attacks, use of aircraft or drones, aerial bombardment, artillery strikes, reinforcement of positions and resupply of forces, and will refrain from seeking military advantage during the ceasefire,” the statement read.

If the parties fail to observe the ceasefire, “facilitators will be compelled to consider adjourning the Jeddah talks”, the U.S and Saudi joint statement added, referring to negotiations to try to end almost two months of clashes in Sudan.

“We have provided both parties numerous opportunities to end this senseless war,” the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs said on Twitter.

“We call on both sides to adhere to the commitment made today for a 24-hour ceasefire, which would allow Sudanese people to receive critical humanitarian assistance.”



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