In Sudan, 36 days have passed in the clashes between the two military forces. Dozens of citizens have lost their lives in the ongoing clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). While the balance sheet is getting heavier in the country, ceasefire decisions continue to be taken frequently.
According to the official Saudi Arabian news agency SPA, a joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and the United States confirmed the 7-day ceasefire between the Sudanese army and the RSF.
The statement noted that the ceasefire, which was reached during direct talks between the parties to the conflict in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to end the fighting in Sudan, will begin to be implemented at 09:45 PM on Monday, May 22, Sudanese local time.
This short-term agreement, which was signed by representatives of Sudan and the RSF under the supervision of Saudi Arabia and the United States, was stated in the statement, adding that the ceasefire, which will be valid for 7 days after its entry into force, can be extended with the approval of the parties.
"It is known that the parties have previously declared ceasefires that have not been implemented, but there will be a ceasefire monitoring mechanism supported internationally by Saudi Arabia and the United States," the statement said, adding that the Sudanese parties have committed not to pursue any military gains on the ground during the period before the ceasefire begins.
The statement added that the talks in Jeddah will continue and the next round of talks is expected to focus on improving security and humanitarian conditions for civilians.
The short-term ceasefire agreement, which aims to "deliver urgent humanitarian aid and provide basic services" throughout Sudan, includes the parties' compliance with the commitments made in the Jeddah Declaration on humanitarian obligations.
Al Jazeera television, citing Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry sources, reported that a one-week ceasefire was reached between the conflicting parties in Sudan.
On May 11, the US and Saudi Arabia signed the "Jeddah Declaration" agreement to stop the conflict in Sudan as a result of the talks between the parties in Jeddah on May 6 to resolve the crisis in Sudan.
The declaration stated that the Sudanese army and the NLD would refrain from any attacks that would harm civilians, and emphasized that the interests of the Sudanese people were a priority for both sides.
In a statement made by the Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors, it was reported that the number of civilians who lost their lives in the clashes that completed the 5th week in the capital Khartoum and other cities increased to 850 and the number of wounded increased to 3,394.
It was stated that the loss of life could be much higher, especially since doctors do not have access to hospitals outside the capital Khartoum.
On the morning of April 15, armed clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the RSF in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other cities as a result of the escalation of long-standing disagreements between the parties.
The United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that more than 843,000 people were internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict in Sudan and 259,000 people crossed to neighboring countries.
IOM predicted that 1.8 million people would be internally displaced if the clashes continue.
Source: Anadolu Agency