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Blinken calls for immediate ceasefire in Sudan

United States and United Kingdom have called for an “immediate cessation” of violence in Sudan, where fighting between the army and paramilitaries has left nearly 100 people dead.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has called for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan and a return to talks to put the country back on track to a civilian-led government.

Report says about 97 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as clashes have spread across Sudan since Saturday, when fighting erupted between army units loyal to Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s transitional governing Sovereign Council, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, who is deputy head of the council.

“People in Sudan want the military back in the barracks, they want democracy, they want a civilian-led government. Sudan needs to return to that path.” he stated.

Addressing the G7 foreign ministers’ summit in Japan, Blinken said the violence that is going on in Sudan poses a threat to civilians, to the Sudanese nation and to the region.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare