Two warring factions in Sudan, the country’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have agreed to a 72-hour truce beginning Tuesday
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the two warring factions in Sudan, the country’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have agreed to a 72-hour truce beginning Tuesday, 10:00 PM, Greenwich Mean Time (Wednesday, 3:30 AM, IST).
After 48 hours of discussions, the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) achieved an agreement, according to Blinken.
The anticipated implementation of a ceasefire by all parties is likely to open the door for the evacuation of foreigners trapped in the combat zone. However, in the early hours, there was widespread scepticism about the current truce proclamation, given two previous ceasefires were not honoured by either side.
Since the battle began on April 15, at least 400 people have been murdered.
UN Secretary General António Guterres has warned that the bloodshed in Sudan risks escalating into a “catastrophic conflagration” that could spread far into Africa in the near future.
The RSF stated that they are “committed to a complete ceasefire during the truce period.” The army did not immediately respond to the news.
Locals and foreigners residing in Khartoum’s capital have been urged to stay indoors. Food and water supplies are running short as a result of the conflict’s constant explosions, which have damaged critical infrastructure like water pipes.
As fighting continues in highly populated areas of Khartoum, a number of nations are attempting to evacuate diplomats and citizens.
Earlier on Monday, Blinken stated that some convoys attempting to evacuate individuals were met with “robbery and looting.”
In Sudan, since the battle began on April 15, at least 400 people have been murdered.
Blinken noted that the US was considering reinstating its diplomatic presence in Sudan. However, the country’s situation are “extremely difficult.”
According to the BBC, Sudan is experiencing a “internet blackout” with connection at 2% of normal levels.
The internet has been down in Khartoum since Sunday night.
Since the beginning of the crisis, thousands of people, including Sudanese residents, have fled the country.
Following the deposition of President Omar al-Bashir in October 2021, the Sudanese army and the RSF have been jointly governing the country.
They formed a Sovereign Council, co-headed by RSF Chief General Mohamed Hamdan and commanded by Army Chief General Abdel al-Burhan.
The Sudanese army suggested integrating RSF into itself within two years, which RSF sought to postpone for ten years.
Another bone of conflict between the two former Sovereign Council members is the army’s support for the transfer of power to a civilian administration.
The RSF head, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, claims to have seized control of the majority of government installations in Khartoum.
So far, the RSF looks to be calling the diplomatic shots as the party claiming leadership of Africa’s third biggest country.
Countries Evacuate Embassy Staff from Sudan
Britain and France were among the countries who evacuated their diplomats on Sunday. Sudanese citizens continued to escape as hostilities in Khartoum’s capital entered its second week.
It started with a helicopter evacuation of American diplomats from Sudan’s beleaguered capital city shortly after midnight Sunday, and quickly escalated into a full-fledged exodus of international officials and civilians from other countries as the fighting raged around them.
An elite squad of Navy SEALs escorted up to 90 passengers aboard planes at the US Embassy in Khartoum before taking off for Djibouti, 800 miles away.