Saudi Arabia, US remind Sudanese generals of ceasefire commitments

Saudi Arabia, US remind Sudanese generals of ceasefire commitments

MEMBERS of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) violated the ceasefire agreement signed in Jeddah recently, according to Saudi Arabia and US officials.

On Saturday, May 20, representatives of warring factions in Sudan signed an Agreement on a Short-Term Ceasefire and Humanitarian Arrangements.

The agreement took effect 48 hours after it was signed and shall remain in effect for 7 days, with a condition of getting extended with the agreement of both parties.

Both parties agreed not to seek military advantage during the 48-hour notification period after signing the agreement and before the start of the ceasefire.

The agreement provides that both parties should facilitate the delivery and distribution of humanitarian assistance, restore essential services, withdraw troops from hospitals and essential public facilities, and facilitate the safe passage of humanitarian workers and commodities.

But just a few days after the agreement was signed, Saudi Arabia and the US reported that both sides violated the agreement, including offensive operations in Khartoum and El-Obeid, airstrikes, and the use of artillery.

Saudi and American officials reiterated the importance of short-term ceasefire and humanitarian arrangements in Sudan as the Sudanese people badly need aid and essential services restored after five weeks of conflict.

Preparations to send much-needed humanitarian aid to war-torn Sudan are underway.

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