Sudan clashes continue despite ceasefire announcement

Sudan’s warring forces clashed again in the country’s capital Khartoum.

At the end of the month of Ramadan, they ignored calls from world powers for a ceasefire and engaged in fighting. Bombs and shelling were reported in different areas of Khartoum, read an AFP report.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have both separately called for a ‘minimum’ three-day ceasefire to mark Eid al-Fitr in Muslim-majority Sudan. Meanwhile, the capital Khartoum has been hearing explosions and gunfire for six consecutive days.

‘Several areas of Khartoum were bombarded on the night of Eid al-Fitr, and gunfire and clashes between the armed forces and the RSF are ongoing,’ a statement issued by the Sudan Doctors Central Committee said.

‘We urge all citizens to exercise caution, stay at home and sleep with doors and windows closed. We also call upon all warring parties to be responsible and immediately cease hostilities to save innocent lives.

Blinken’s spokesman said in a statement Friday that the US secretary of state spoke separately to both Burhan and Daglo ‘condemning the indiscriminate confrontation.’

The statement added, he urged both military leaders to implement the nationwide ceasefire and maintain it till the end of the Eid holidays. The Eid holidays in Sudan will end on Sunday, April 23.

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