Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

Sudan crisis latest updates: Clashes in Khartoum despite ceasefire

Death toll nears 200 as fighting empties streets


RSF thanks UAE and US while pledging ‘strict commitment’ to truce

The Rapid Security Forces has thanked the UAE and the US, among others, while saying it will strictly observe a ceasefire due to begin at 6pm this evening. 

“We highly appreciate the efforts of the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and brotherly countries in our Arab and African environment,” it said on Twitter. 

The force said it is committed to the 24-hour ceasefire agreed upon by commanders, citing concern for civilians and access for medical workers.

Fighting reported across Khartoum minutes after ceasefire begins

Smoke rises in Khartoum. Faiz Abubakr / The National

Clashes and explosions shook Sudan’s capital despite claims of a ceasefire on the fourth day of fighting that has killed nearly 200.

The army and RSF had agreed to the 24-hour ceasefire from Tuesday.

They said they would abide by the agreement to allow civilians and medical workers to move around the city, where millions of people are hiding in their homes.

Hospitals and medical centres reported attacks on their premises, while NGOs have said it is “almost impossible” to get aid around the city.

“As of now the fighting in Sudan, including Khartoum and various other locations, is continuing. No sign of real abatement of the fighting,” the spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.


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