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Air raids reported in Khartoum despite Eid truce


GOOBJOOG NEWS | KHARTOUM: Air raids were reported in Sudan’s capital Khartoum Wednesday despite the two warring parties declaring a ceasefire in respect of the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha.

Local media reported that fighting continued in Omdurman, at the outskirts of Khartoum Wednesday afternoon as the United Nations mission in Sudan continued calls for a sustained ceasefire.

“The RSF and allied militias remain accountable for violence against civilians, rape and looting in the areas they control, including in Khartoum, and ethnically targeted violence against civilians in Darfur”, the mission said in a statement.

The war between Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that broke out in April has caused a major humanitarian crisis and displaced nearly 2.8 million people, of which almost 650,000 have fled to neighboring countries.

The three cities that make up the wider capital around the confluence of the River Nile – Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman – have seen more than 10 weeks of heavy clashes and looting, while the conflict has triggered a resurgence of ethnically motivated killings in the western region of Darfur.

The conflict broke out amid disputes about what powers they would retain under an internationally backed plan for a transition to civilian rule.

Multiple ceasefire deals have failed to stick, including several brokered by Saudi Arabia and the United States at talks in Jeddah that were suspended last week.