Prior to a Muslim holiday, Sudan's paramilitary RSF declares a 72-hour truce, but combat persists.April 21, 2023
The Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has declared a 72-hour truce after nearly a week of fierce fighting, which has left more than 400 people dead and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the death toll in the country has risen to 413 people, with 3,551 injured since fighting broke out last Saturday. One US citizen has also been killed in the violence, the US State Department confirmed. The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been forced to suspend its humanitarian operations in Sudan, after a staff member died when his vehicle was caught in a crossfire between warring parties in the southern Sudanese city of El-Obeid. The RSF had announced a ceasefire in a statement on Twitter, just ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
SAF leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan released an on-camera statement Friday morning, expressing sadness for victims of the fighting and praying for a peaceful Eid, but he made no mention of a truce. The ceasefire comes just ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.