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RSF Ready to Open Sudanese Airports to Evacuate Foreign Citizens

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group is prepared to open all Sudanese airports in order to enable friendly countries to evacuate their citizens, Al Jazeera reported. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that it would coordinate evacuations of foreign nationals from the United States, Britain, France and Germany, among others, during the ceasefire.

The RSF declared a 72-hour truce on Friday, despite continuous skirmishes with the Sudanese Army. “The truce coincides with the blessed Eid al-Fitr…to open humanitarian corridors to evacuate citizens and give them the opportunity to greet their families,” the RSF said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from the army. Before Friday, two declared 24-hour ceasefires had failed to take hold.

The Sudanese Ministry of Health said on Friday that over 400 people had been killed and about 3,500 others wounded in the continued clashes between the Sudanese army and the RSF. “The death toll on Friday reached more than 400 with about 3,500 wounded,” Sudanese Health Minister Haitham Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement.

Amid the ongoing fighting, the United Nations (UN) continued to appeal to the RSF and Sudanese Army to strike a deal.

Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF broke out on April 15, forcing civilians to flee and seek shelter from the hostilities. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured.

Source: cgtn