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Warring factions in Sudan agree 7-day ceasefire

Clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan (REUTERS)

As hostilities between two opposing factions approached its sixth week, a temporary ceasefire in Sudan was reached.

The new agreement will, however, be enforced by a “ceasefire monitoring mechanism,” according the statement from United States and Saudi government.

Sudanese authorities have consented to re-establish basic services as part of the seven-day humanitarian ceasefire.

Since fighting between the two sides started last month, the nation has fallen into disarray, with more than a million people perhaps having been displaced.

Qatar said on Saturday that its embassy in the capital Khartoum had been ransacked by irregular armed forces and urged perpetrators to be held accountable for the act.

Along with UN supply depots, other embassies have also been plundered in the past, including Jordan’s.

Food, cash, and basic supplies are in short supply, and humanitarian organizations frequently lament their inability to offer enough support in Khartoum, where most of the violence has occurred.

The RSF and regular army have been urged to release their troops from hospitals, restore basic services, and permit the distribution of humanitarian goods.

The truce will start on Monday night, according to the United States and Saudi Arabia, who sponsored the peace negotiations in Jeddah.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare