Sudan shuts airspace to traffic until July 31 as clashes rage

Sudan shuts airspace to traffic until July 31 as clashes rage

Sudan’s civil aviation authority says the country’s airspace will remain shut until July 31, with the exception of humanitarian relief and evacuation flights with approval from authorities.

Khartoum International Airport stated this on Monday as fighting continues in the country.

Sudanese airspace was blocked to regular travel in mid-April when a military battle started between the country’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Fighting reached another height after an airstrike killed no fewer than 22 people.

On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called for long-term cease fire.

Despite several attempts by Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Nations, the African Union, and the East African bloc IGAD to broker a lasting cease-fire, violence has continued and even flared up in Darfur, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, the Blue Nile State, and Khartoum, the capital.

Leaders from IGAD states including Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

Sudan’s army head, Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, and RSF commander Gen Mohammed Dagalo have been invited.

The two parties have not confirmed their appearance at the peace parley.

Approximately 3 million people have been internally and externally displaced since the fighting started in Sudan, according to the United Nations.

The country’s federal health ministry also said at least 1,133 people have been killed in the conflict, which has erupted in the capital as well as other main cities.

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