The Sudanese army agrees to a three-day truce. Earlier, the parties to the conflict had announced a ceasefire several times, but each time military operations were quickly resumed.
The Sudanese army said on Friday evening it had agreed to a three-day truce in nearly a week of fighting with the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF).
In a statement posted on Facebook, the army said it had agreed to a three-day halt due to the end of Ramadan. The truce was supposed to go into effect on Friday.
Earlier, the Rapid Relief Forces declared a 72-hour ceasefire. “The truce coincides with the blessed Eid al-Fitr to open humanitarian corridors to evacuate citizens and give them the opportunity to welcome their families,” the paramilitary said in a statement.
Spain sends planes to evacuate Sudan
The machines, which left for Africa on Friday from a military base in the province of Zaragoza, will take 60 Spaniards and about 20 citizens of other EU countries from Sudan.
Albares explained that in order to carry out the evacuation efficiently, the Spanish embassy in Sudan is trying to gather all the people scheduled for the trip at the diplomatic mission in Khartoum. He added that after the evacuation, Spain will close its representative office in Khartoum.
Fighting in Khartoum
Shots and explosions continued to be heard in the capital, Khartoum, on Friday evening, according to witnesses.
Fighting between the army and RSF units broke out last Saturday. As part of the changes proposed by the government, the RSF was to be incorporated into the regular armed forces. However, the generals could not agree on the timing of this, and the political dispute turned into armed clashes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHOAt least 413 people have been killed and more than 3,500 injured in the fighting in Sudan, which has been going on for nearly a week.
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