Heavy fighting and airstrikes were reported in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, days after the warring parties promised to allow aid into the country.
Clashes flared in Khartoum and nearby areas, as well as in Geneina in the Darfur region, with residents saying fighting had intensified on Saturday compared to the previous two days.
Sudan’s army, paramilitaries to meet for talks on Sunday
Earlier in the week, Sudan’s warring parties signed a pledge to protect civilians and restore basic supplies such as food and electricity.
But they did not agree to a ceasefire to end the fighting, saying that would be done in future dialogue.
Representatives of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces are scheduled to meet in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah for talks on Sunday.
The US, UN and Saudi Arabia are engaged in difficult talks between representatives of the Sudanese army and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces, the two rival factions that have been fighting for almost a month now.
Meanwhile, Sudanese airspace will remain closed to all traffic until May 31, the country’s civil aviation authority said in a statement.
All flights except “humanitarian and evacuation flights” will remain banned from the airspace.
Half a million people fled to Khartoum
The situation in Sudan has remained tense since fighting erupted on April 15, with previous ceasefires doing little to stop the fighting.
About 700,000 people have been internally displaced, while half a million people have fled to Khartoum alone, according to the UN.
More than 750 people died and thousands escaped to neighboring countries such as Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Egypt and others.
rm/dj (Reuters, AFP)