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Fragile 24-hour ceasefire in Sudan
  • 27 Apr 2023
  • international

Sudan has turned into a vast battlefield as the war for power continues and the world is under lockdown in the capital Khartoum.

Residents are afraid to come out of their homes, fearing that they will be killed by the incessant gunfire. Along with absolute panic, they live in the dark and have to deal with the lack of electricity and water, while the bloody clashes continue for the fourth day and around 185 civilians have lost their lives. Amidst this alarmingly chaotic scene, a 24-hour ceasefire was agreed between the opposing sides.

Sudan's rival military commanders have agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire from tonight, the armed forces said, following calls by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for each side to end heavy fighting in Khartoum, which has seen gunfire were thrown against an American diplomatic convoy.

The ceasefire will begin at 6:00 p.m. (local time, 19:00 Greek time) and will not be quoted beyond the 24 hours agreed upon, General Shams El Din Qabassi, a member of Sudan's ruling military council, told Al Arabiya TV.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held separate phone calls with the head of the armed forces and the head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF), whose power struggle has killed at least 185 people across the country. country and has derailed an internationally-backed plan to return to civilian rule after decades of authoritarianism and military rule.

The head of the DTY General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedi, whose whereabouts have not been disclosed since the fighting began, said the DTY approved the 24-hour ceasefire to ensure the safe passage of civilians and the evacuation of the wounded.

In a post on Twitter, Hemendi said he "discussed pressing issues" with Blinken during their phone call and that further talks are planned. DTY also issued a statement saying it was waging an ongoing battle to restore "the rights of our people" with what it called new

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