Khartoum [Sudan]18 June (ANI): The Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to a new 72-hour ceasefire starting Sunday, hours after the airstrikes.
The ceasefire will start at 6 am on June 18 and run until June 21.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry tweeted: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America announce that representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to implement a 72-hour ceasefire across Sudan beginning June 18. 6:00 a.m. Tum time until June 21.”
Saudi Arabia also released a joint statement with the United States, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America announce that representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire starting June 18 at 6 am Khartoum time. point to start crossing Sudan until June 21.”
The parties agreed that during the ceasefire they will refrain from conducting prohibited operations, attacks, use of military aircraft or drones, shelling, strengthening positions and resupplying troops, and will refrain from seeking military advantage during the ceasefire. They also agreed to allow the unimpeded movement and delivery of humanitarian aid across the country,” it added.
The statement further stated that in light of the June 19 humanitarian donors meeting, the mediator called on all parties to take into account the immense suffering of the Sudanese people and to fully abide by the ceasefire agreement and cease serious acts of violence. If the parties fail to abide by the iv hour ceasefire, mediators will be forced to consider suspending the Jeddah talks.
Airstrikes in the Sudanese capital Khartoum killed 17 people, including five children, early Saturday, Al Jazeera reported, as fighting continued between rival generals trying to take control of Sudan.
Fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary RSF trying to take control of the country has entered its third month.
The blast hit the Yarmouk neighborhood in southern Khartoum, the center of clashes in recent weeks, according to Sudan’s health ministry.
Some injured civilians were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the ministry’s Facebook post. During the strike, 25 houses were destroyed, Al Jazeera reported.
The dead included five children and an unknown number of women and the elderly, the ministry added, calling the Yarmouk attack a “massacre”. (Arnie)
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