Sudan's Warring Sides Agree to Ceasefire Amid Intensified Fighting

06.01.24 09:29 AM

Amidst chaos, peace,
Sudan's brief calm seeks new hope,
Aid for those in need.

After months of escalating violence, Sudan's military factions have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire. This truce, brokered by the United States and Saudi Arabia, began on Sunday morning and aims to provide a brief respite from the intense fighting that has plagued the country since mid-April. The ceasefire is expected to allow humanitarian aid to reach affected areas and create an opportunity for displaced residents to seek safety Africanews.

Residents in Khartoum and Omdurman reported a relative calm in the initial hours of the ceasefire, although the situation remains fragile. The ceasefire precedes a humanitarian conference organized by the United Nations to raise funds for Sudan, where more than 24.7 million people require aid due to the ongoing conflict Africanews.

The conflict between Sudan's army, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemetti), has resulted in over 3,000 deaths and forced more than 2.2 million people to flee their homes. The warring sides have been blamed for repeated violations of previous ceasefires, raising concerns about the durability of the current truce Africanews.

The humanitarian crisis in Sudan is severe, with the World Health Organization warning of a potential collapse of the healthcare system. The UN reports that at least 60% of health facilities in the country are nonfunctional due to the conflict, exacerbating the plight of those affected by the fighting Africanews.

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