Sudan fighting on its 12th day: a list of key events

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The US-brokered ceasefire between Sudan’s warring generals is entering its second day, but sporadic firefights and airstrikes are reported.

This is the situation on Wednesday, April 26, 2023:

To fight

  • A US-brokered ceasefire in Sudan appears to be partially holding, but the UN says there are no signs that the warring parties are willing to seriously negotiate a lasting peace.
  • The three-day ceasefire was largely maintained in the capital, Khartoum, although scattered clashes took place elsewhere in the country.
  • Gunfire and explosions were also heard after nightfall in Omdurman, one of Khartoum’s sister cities on the Nile River, where the army used drones to attack Rapid Support Forces (RSF) positions.
  • Security fears were heightened when the World Health Organization warned of a “massive biological risk” after fighters seized a laboratory in Khartoum with samples of cholera, measles, polio and other infectious diseases.

Citizens

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the violence and chaos in Sudan as “heartbreaking”. The power struggle jeopardizes Sudan’s future, could cause years of suffering and delay development for decades, he said.
  • Evacuations continue and the first Turkish citizens in Sudan left on Wednesday, with more than 100 people arriving by air at Istanbul airport. Several more flights were later expected to evacuate the remaining Turkish citizens crossing into Ethiopia from Sudan.
  • A boat carrying nearly 1,700 citizens from more than 50 countries arrived in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s foreign ministry said. The Saudi army has evacuated 2,148 people, including more than 2,000 foreigners.
  • The whereabouts of ex-leader Omar al-Bashir came into question after a former minister in his government, Ali Haroun, announced that he had fled prison along with other ex-officials.
  • At least 459 people have been killed and more than 4,000 injured in fighting in Africa’s third-largest country, according to UN agencies.

Diplomacy

  • The United States has taken the lead in ending the outbreak of violence in Sudan.
  • State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said U.S. diplomats remained “deeply engaged” with all sides to try to extend the ceasefire and make it permanent — hoping for a path to civilian rule.
  • Molly Phee, the top US diplomat to Africa, and John Godfrey, the evacuated US ambassador to Sudan, have been involved in detailed negotiations with the two generals in coordination with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.



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