In Khartoum, representatives from the warring military factions in Sudan are negotiating a humanitarian cease-fire to put a stop to the three-week fighting amid predictions of a humanitarian catastrophe.
Envoys from Sudan’s military factions, the army, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, were in Jeddah for talks as mediators seek to end the three-week conflict in Khartoum. The U.S.-Saudi initiative is the first serious attempt to resolve the fighting and allow for civilian rule following years of unrest. However, both sides have only agreed to discuss a humanitarian truce, not negotiate an end to the war. Witnesses reported gun clashes and air strikes over residential areas and explosions that occurred in Bahri. The conflict has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, with the closure of most hospitals and vital infrastructure impacted. U.N. agencies have warned that clashes may continue if guarantees of safe passage of humanitarian aid are not provided.