Cautious calm in Khartoum.. and no warplanes flying

Hours away from entering aFor a short truce between the army and the Rapid Support Forcesinto force in Sudan, there was calm in the capital, Khartoum.

Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath correspondent reported today, Sunday, that the situation has become calm in Khartoum since the implementation of the ceasefire this morning.

River looting

The sounds of fire stopped

He also added that warplanes no longer fly over the three cities of Khartoum since the start of the armistice

He also indicated that the sounds of gunfire in El-Obeid, North Kordofan, also stopped.

From Khartoum (AFP)

The intensity of the aerial bombardment had increased in the last two days, before Saudi Arabia and the United States, sponsors of the dialogue, announced that the two major military forces in Sudan had agreed on a new 72-hour truce, in order to facilitate the passage of humanitarian supplies.

They also made it clear that the two sides agreed to “stop movements and attacks, the use of warplanes or drones, artillery bombardment, reinforcement of positions, or resupply of forces” during the cease-fire period. They also pledged to allow “freedom of movement and the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Sudan.”

They also confirmed in a statement late on Saturday that if the two sides do not abide by the ceasefire, “the facilitators will be forced to consider postponing the Jeddah talks.”

Dozens of truces

Dozens of truces were announced during the past months between the two sides, but none of them withstood the wrath, while the two parties tossed each other over responsibilities.

The conflict, which erupted on April 15, killed more than 2,000 people, according to the latest figures from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). However, the actual numbers may be much higher, according to relief agencies and international organizations.

The battles also prompted more than 2.2 million people to flee, more than 528 thousand of whom sought refuge in neighboring countries, according to the International Organization for Migration.

While more than 149,000 people crossed into Chad, the border with the Darfur region, where the situation is of increasing concern, especially in El Geneina, the center of West Darfur state, one of the five states of the region.

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