Sudanese army pledges commitment to Saudi-US brokered ceasefire deal

Sudanese army pledges commitment to Saudi-US brokered ceasefire deal

The Abdel Fattah al-Burhan-led Sudanese army has pledged its readiness to adhere to the recently brokered seven-day ceasefire deal with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The ceasefire, according to the Army, is limited to arrangements for a truce to protect civilians, hospitals and did not address political issues that triggered the raging conflict in the north African country.

“Your armed forces announces its commitment to the text of the agreement and hopes that the rebel militia will do the same,” the army spokesperson said in a statement on its Facebook page, referring to the RSF.

Despite the commitment, air strikes and clashes between Sudan’s warring factions could be heard in the capital Khartoum on Sunday.

This is coming barely some hours ahead of the commencement of the Saudi and U.S.-brokered deal for a week-long ceasefire to halt the five-week fighting.

After talks in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Saturday, the opposing paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the army agreed to a ceasefire that will go into force on Monday night with an international monitoring system.

It also enables the distribution of humanitarian aid especially to many Sudanese civilians who are largely affected by the raging clashes.

Since the beginning of the conflict, 1.1 million people have fled their homes, either within Sudan or to neighboring countries, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that threatens to destabilize the region.

Those who remain in Khartoum are trying to live in the face of widespread stealing, a breakdown in health care, and limited supplies of food, fuel, power, and water.

According to the World Health Organization, 705 people have been killed and at least 5,287 have been injured, while the exact death toll is expected to be far higher.

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