Sudan army, rival paramilitary force agree to week-long ceasefire
Sudan army and the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to a seven-day ceasefire after talks in the Saudi city of Jeddah, is due to come into effect from today evening with an internationally supported monitoring mechanism.
Under this agreement, both sides promised to stop their forces from occupying new areas and not to impede aid groups and workers from providing lifesaving assistance.
The warring groups also agreed not to loot civilian properties or humanitarian supplies, nor seize critical infrastructure such as electricity, fuel and water installations.
The agreement came after US secretary of state Antony Blinken spoke with General al-Burhan about efforts to stop the fighting and restore essential services.
Blinken urged both sides to uphold the truce to deliver humanitarian aid for the millions of Sudanese suffering after more than five weeks of fighting between the generals’ forces.