AFRICA/SUDAN - Ceasefire extended for another five days: Numerous violations across the country

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - The ceasefire between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which came into force on May 22nd and was scheduled to last for seven days, has been extended for another five days. According to local sources, an agreement was reached between the Sudanese parties in a meeting in Jeddah mediated by Saudis and the United States.
However, fighting continues both in Khartoum and in other provinces, particularly in Darfur and Kordofan. The agreement, which has been repeatedly violated since it came into force on May 22, includes the evacuation of the military from health facilities, used as a shield by the emergency forces against airstrikes, but so far no occupied hospitals have been freed.
In Darfur, meanwhile, the governor called on the population to obtain weapons to defend themselves against attacks.
According to a UNICEF report, six weeks into the conflict, more than 13.6 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The need for humanitarian aid for children in Sudan has never been greater, the statement said. Without immediate and comprehensive humanitarian assistance, the consequences of displacement and lack of basic social services and protection will have a devastating - and long-term - impact on children, the organization warns. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 30/5/2023)