At the conclusion of a 24-hour ceasefire that had provided people with a rare reprieve from nearly two months of fighting, witnesses reported that shelling and gunfire reignited in the capital of Sudan.
Since mid-April, when army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who is in charge of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), turned against each other, deadly combat has raged in the nation in northeastern Africa.
The most recent in a string of cease-fire deals allowed civilians confined to Khartoum’s capital to leave and stock up on food and other necessities.
However, only ten minutes after it ended at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) on Sunday, witnesses told AFP that skirmishes and shelling once more shook the capital.
According to witnesses, violence broke out on Al-Hawa Street, a key thoroughfare in the south of the capital, as well as in Khartoum and its northern twin city Omdurman.
Since the combat began, several truces have been agreed to and violated, and after the most recent attempt failed at the end of May, Washington imposed sanctions on both opposing generals.
The most recent statewide truce was declared by US and Saudi negotiators, who had previously threatened to halt their efforts.
The Saudi city of Jeddah negotiations, which have been put on hold since late last month, will have to be adjourned “should the parties fail to observe the 24-hour ceasefire,” the mediators stated on Saturday.
The mediators stated that they “share the Sudanese people’s frustration about the inconsistent implementation of previous ceasefires.”
The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project estimates that over 1,800 individuals have died in the conflict.
According to the United Nations, about two million people have been displaced, including 476,000 who have sought refuge in neighboring countries.