Sudan’s RSF agrees to extend ceasefire for another 72-hours starting tonight: Statement

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Apr 2023

Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) announced on Sunday that they agreed to extend the ceasefire with the Sudan's Armed Forces (SAF) for three more days, according to a statement posted on twitter.

 Sudanese paramilitary RSF
File Photo released by the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 23, 2023, fighters ride in the back of a technical vehicle (pickup truck mounted with a turret) in the East Nile district of greater Khartoum. AFP

 

The announcement came a few hours before a US-brokered 72-hour ceasefire between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF ended on Sunday night.

"In response to international, regional and local calls, we announce the extension of the humanitarian truce for another 72 hours, starting from tonight, to open humanitarian corridors and facilitate the movement of citizens and residents to reach safe areas," the statement read.

"Despite the continuous violations from the Sudanese armed forces, by keeping attacking our sites and camps, we are committed to all conditions of the humanitarian truce for the sake of our people."

Hours before, the Sudanese army accused the RSF of continuing to violate the three-days truce, confirming in a statement that " indiscriminate shelling and continued looting of public and private property, including banks, shops, and citizens' homes, continue".

Heavy fighting again rocked Sudan's capital early Sunday as tens of thousands fled the bloody turmoil, and a former prime minister warned of the "nightmare" risk of a full-scale civil war.

Gun battles were also reported around the army headquarters in central Khartoum, and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) carried out airstrikes in the capital's twin city of Omdurman across the Nile River, according to witnesses.

Sudan's former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok warned Saturday against the conflict's deteriorating into one of the world's worst civil wars.

"God forbid if Sudan is to reach a point of civil war proper... Syria, Yemen, Libya will be a small play," Hamdok told an event in Nairobi. "I think it would be a nightmare for the world."

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