Khartoum, April 17. The Sudanese army today announced its adherence to a new United Nations proposal to open humanitarian corridors for three hours, an initiative first adopted on Sunday and partially respected.

“After holding consultations, the Sudanese Armed Forces accepted the UN’s proposal to open safe channels for humanitarian cases for a period of three hours, starting at 4:00 p.m. (14:00 GMT),” the statement said. armed in a statement.

He also indicated that he will respect this brief cessation of fighting in residential areas and urban centers as long as the powerful paramilitary group of the Rapid Support Forces (FAR) does not continue its attacks.

The FAR, for their part, did not comment on whether or not to respect this break.

It is the second day in a row that the opening of the humanitarian corridors has been announced, after yesterday – the second day of the fighting – the two parties pledged at the request of the United Nations.

However, today the UN special envoy to Sudan, Volker Perthes, said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ with the breaking of the truce yesterday, which he said was ‘only partially honoured’ despite the commitment of both parties.

This brief pause allowed the evacuation of more than a thousand people in the capital, sources from the Sudanese Red Crescent confirmed to EFE, as is the case of a school in the center of Khartoum, from where were able to release some 450 boys and girls. They had been trapped in the school since fighting began on Saturday.

Violent clashes between the Sudanese army and paramilitaries continued on Monday for the third day in a row, in fighting that intensified with air force bombardments in Khartoum and other cities in the country. .

The clashes have so far left 97 civilians dead and nearly 1,000 injured, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which warned that the number of casualties could be much higher due to the difficulties of access of the teams. emergency to areas of western Sudan. the country., where the fighting has intensified. EFE


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