New ceasefire in Sudan threatened by air strikes
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on May 23, 2023
More air strikes and clashes have been reported in Sudan, dampening hopes for the latest attempt at a ceasefire in the conflict-hit country.
A new seven-day truce has officially begun but witnesses speak of further hostilities in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere.
Previous attempts to achieve a lasting pause in hostilities in the north-east African country have been shaky or collapsed.
There was renewed optimism for this new ceasefire, which came about following formal talks that were brokered by Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The new deal would be enforced by a “ceasefire monitoring mechanism.
Conflict broke out in Khartoum on 15 April following days of tension as members of the RSF were redeployed around the country in a move that the army saw as a threat.
The key dispute is between Gen Dagalo and the head of the military, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan – who has been Sudan’s de-facto leader since President Omar al-Bashir was toppled in 2019.