Sudanese army and paramilitary group agree on further ceasefire | Africa News

KHARTUM, SUDAN - APRIL 30: A view of the streets as clashes between Sudanese Armed Forces and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continue despite the ceasefire agreement in Khartoum, Sudan on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Omer Erdem/ Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Clashes between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group have been ongoing since April 15 (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The two sides fighting over control of Sudan have agreed to another three-day humanitarian ceasefire.

The paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese army have accused each other of violations after multiple reports of violence emerged during the initial 72-hour lull in fighting agreed earlier this week.

The latest deal comes after international pressure to allow civilians safe passage while aid groups struggle to get much-needed supplies into the country.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which organized the delivery, a plane carrying eight tons of emergency medical supplies landed in Sudan earlier Sunday to help hospitals devastated by the fighting.

The initial ceasefire allowed countries around the world to step up efforts to evacuate their citizens.

More than 2,100 people have been lifted from the north-east African country on 23 flights organized by the British government.

It had been announced that the operation would end yesterday, but today the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced it would operate an additional flight tomorrow.

The department said it will allow the evacuation of a limited number of British nationals who remain in the North African country.

A view shows a fire in the Omdurman industrial area, Sudan, April 30, 2023, in this still image from video obtained by Reuters. Video obtained from Reuters/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS COULD NOT SELF-VERIFY THE LOCATION OF THIS VIDEO.

People had to avoid gunfire and grenades to make their flights out of the country (Image: Reuters)

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “The UK has now airlifted over 2,100 people from Sudan to safety in what was the largest and longest evacuation of any western country.

“I want to thank everyone who is working to make this evacuation happen and make sure as many people as possible are brought to safety.

“Evacuation flights have ended from Wadi Saeedna but our rescue efforts continue from Port Sudan. We continue to do everything in our power to secure a long-term ceasefire, a stable transition to civilian rule and an end to violence in Sudan.’

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Justin Scaccy

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