Khartoum (EFE).- Violent clashes took place this Monday between the Sudanese Army and the Paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (FAR) in different areas of Khartoum, a few hours before the entry into force of a new seven-year ceasefire days agreed with the mediation of Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Residents in the Sudanese capital told EFE that the clashes began in the early hours of the morning in the southern part of the city of Um Dorman, west of Khartoum, where explosions and shootings have been heard near FAR concentrations.
Similar clashes took place in the south of the Sudanese capital, where several houses shook from the loud explosions as military planes flew over the area.
These new combats take place before the entry into force, at 18:45 GMT today, of a new seven-day ceasefire, reached on Saturday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah with the mediation of Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Nearly 900 dead since the start of the conflict
In the Jeddah agreement, the parties in conflict since April 15 in Sudan undertake to facilitate the arrival and distribution of urgent international aid, protect civilians and humanitarian personnel, and avoid occupying or using civilian or service facilities for illegal purposes. military.
The fighting in Sudan brought the country’s health system to the brink of collapse and since its inception caused the deaths of more than 700 civilians and the injury of more than 5,000 others, in addition to the internal and external displacement of more than 1.1 million people. , the vast majority of them women and children, according to the United Nations.
However, the total number of fatalities from the conflict is unknown due to movement difficulties and insecurity, since the fighting takes place, for the most part, in the interior of cities, including residential neighbourhoods.
The independent Union of Doctors of Sudan raises today in a statement the number of civilian deaths to more than 863 “while the count continues”, although it does not specify if that number includes the dozens of victims of tribal and ethnic clashes that have occurred recently in Darfur. (west) after the outbreak of the conflict between the Army and the FAR.