Blinken Announces 3 Days of Ceasefire in Sudan

( – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a Monday statement that belligerent factions in Sudan agreed to execute a three-day ceasefire throughout the African nation. The measure takes place after violent fighting in different parts of the country including the capital Khartoum. These fights have so far killed hundreds of people in Sudan, in addition to forcing the evacuation of American and international diplomats and wounding thousands of innocent people.

In the statement, Blinken said that Washington was urging the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces to uphold the ceasefire “immediately and fully.” This ceasefire will be implemented after two weeks of violent clashes and many other ceasefire attempts failing to take place in the country.

The Secretary of State added that the Biden administration is currently working with local, international and regional civilian Sudanese partners to create a multilateral committee that could oversee not only the negotiation but also the conclusion and implementation of humanitarian arrangements and cessation of hostilities in the country. Blinken added that the United States will keep working with their partners and all parties in Sudan to reestablish a civilian government.

The clashes between the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces started in mid-April. The first group is a paramilitary force commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti. The second group is part of the country’s military and is headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Abdel took control of the African nation through a military coup in October 2021, repressing a transitional government that took power after a grassroots revolution that ousted authoritarian Omar al-Bashir back in 2019.

Last week, the World Health Organization revealed that over 400 people have been brutally killed in the clash between the two groups, and over 3,000 people were severely injured. On Sunday, the US military executed a massive evacuation of almost 100 government personnel from the US embassy in Khartoum.

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