Sudanese army, rival force agree to extend ceasefire by 5 days



The Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Monday agreed to a five-day extension of a ceasefire agreement they signed on May 20 after negotiations in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The two sides stressed commitment to allowing safe passage to all civilians from conflict areas and protecting civilian supplies.

The Agreement on a Short-Term Ceasefire and Humanitarian Arrangements was reached through negotiations that started on May 6 under a Saudi-U.S. initiative with the aim of ending the conflict in Sudan and facilitating access to humanitarian aid.

The seven-day truce, which entered into force on May 22, expired at 9:45 p.m. (1945 GMT) on Monday.

But sporadic clashes were still reported in the past week, with both sides blaming each other of violating the temporary truce.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. issued a joint statement urging both warring parties to adhere to their obligations under the ceasefire agreement.

Sudan has been witnessing deadly armed clashes between the Sudanese Army and the RSF in Khartoum and other areas since April 15.

According to a report released by the Sudanese Doctors Syndicate on Sunday, the number of civilian deaths since the beginning of the clashes has climbed to 866 with 3,721 injuries. At the same time, more than 1.36 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including nearly 320,000 who escaped to neighboring countries, according to the International Organization for Migration.