Ceasefire fails in Sudan …as vital supplies run out

 The 24-hour cease­fire agreed upon by the Sudanese Army and the paramili­tary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has failed on Wednesday with eyewit­nesses saying fighting continues.

The ceasefire, brokered by coun­tries trying to evacuate their citizens, was supposed to come into effect at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT).

Dwindling vital supplies and the threatened health care system in Sudan are pressing issues. Residents are running out of food, fuel and other vital supplies, with the health care system in danger of collapse, United Nations (UN) humanitarians said on Wednesday.

“We desperately need a human­itarian pause so that wounded and sick civilians can reach hospitals,” said the UN Office for the Coor­dination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

“People in the capital, Khartoum, have been unable to safely leave their homes to buy food and other essentials for days now.” The rele­vant parties are still trying to help broker a truce.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is scheduled to attend a virtual meeting on Sudan on Thursday and will continue to make phone calls during the day, in an attempt to secure a 24-hour cease­fire between the fighting forces in Sudan, according to Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres.

Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, on Wednes­day called on conflicting Sudanese parties to cease fire during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking the fast) holiday that fol­lows the holy month of Ramadan.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Wednesday the country is holding talks with conflicting sides of Sudan for an ultimate ceasefire. “We are nego­tiating with both parties. We are negotiating to stop the conflict,” he told reporters.

Kenyan President, William Ruto, on Wednesday urged the interna­tional community to step up efforts to end the unrest in Sudan that has entered a fifth day, noting that there is a real danger of escalation of hostilities in Sudan into a security and humanitarian crisis on a devas­tating scale.

Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF broke out on Saturday, forcing civilians to flee and seek shelter from the hostilities. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured. —Xinhua

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