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Ceasefire between Sudan army and paramilitaries broken

The 24-hour ceasefire between the Sudanese army and its paramilitary forces has been violated.

Sky News reported that a witness in the capital Khartoum said fighting continued even after the agreement was supposed to take effect at 6pm.

Reuters reported heavy gunfire shattered a 24-hour truce agreement with loud shots in the Khartoum region reverberating behind live feeds from Arab television news channels.

Witnesses reported hearing warplanes roaring in the sky above Khartoum, and a large army force was entering the city on the ground from the east.


AP reported residents hearing gunfire and explosives in different areas of the capital. This was especially true around the military headquarters and Republican Palace, which is the power base for the country.

Since Saturday, at least 185 have been killed by violence.

According to United Nations figures, more than 1,800 other people were also injured in the conflict, which has involved air and artillery attacks.

According to the Sudan Doctors’ Syndicate 144 of those killed were civilians. Residents of cities, such as the capital Khartoum have been forced into hiding at home.

Atiya Abdulla Atiya, a member of the Syndicate, said: “The fight continues.” “We are hearing constant gunfire.”

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been trying to broker an agreement for a ceasefire, despite the US and other countries calling on them to do so.

The announcement comes a day after an embassy convoy in the US was shot at, in what Secretary of State Antony Blinken deemed a “reckless and irresponsible incident”.

Read on: Why is violence raging in Sudan?

Before-and-after pictures of violent clashes

He warned the leader of the Rapid Support Forces, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as Hemedti), and General Abdel Fattah al Burhan who is de facto President, that any threat to US diplomats would be unacceptable.

Mr Blinken stated that the people in the convoy were safe. He added: “We are deeply concerned about the overall security situation as it impacts civilians, diplomats and aid workers.”

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Missiles, violence and Sudan

After the breakdown of a power deal between Hemedti, and Burhan. Tensions were rising. A new round of violence has seen Sudanese civilians caught between the gunfire.

Their struggle for power has slowed down the transition to civilian rule, and raised concerns of a larger conflict.

The RSF, which is far more numerous and has greater air power than the army, is also widely distributed in the neighbourhoods of Khartoum, and other cities. This gives neither side the advantage for a quick win.

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Sudan Army Chief Opens to Negotiations

Speaking to Sky News General Burhan stated that he is willing to negotiate while the fighting continues.

He added that “if negotiations restore the country, and are fair, then it is possible.”

General Burhan is the head of a ruling coalition that was installed following a coup in 2021 and the ouster of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir by mass protests during 2019.

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Khartoum, a city that is not used to violence, was awash with smoke on Monday as residents reported an avalanche of airstrikes and artillery firing, which shut down hospitals.

Since Saturday, the conflict in the capital city and its sister cities Omdurman and Bahri is the worst it has been in decades.

Fighting has also spread into the war-torn western Darfur region and parts of northern and east Sudan near the border with Egypt and Ethiopia.


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