Sudan Clashes Continue Despite Ceasefire As U.S. Announces Aid

The Sudanese capital of Khartoum saw warplanes fly over the city and some artillery fire, but remained relatively calm on Tuesday May 23, 2023 - the first full day of a weeklong ceasefire. Deutsche Welle reports that the truce went into effect on Monday evening, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warning Sudan's rival generals on Tuesday to abide by the truce or face possible sanctions.

The country has been torn by violence for over a month now, after the leaders of the two powerful groups - the army led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo - began fighting for control of the country. All previous ceasefires have been violated and more than one million Sudanese have been forced from their homes by the fighting. Thousands have been killed.

The US and Saudi Arabia have been mediating in talks between the warring sides. The latest truce is meant to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid as civilians caught in the fighting bear the brunt of violence.

Also on Tuesday, the U.S. announced U.S.$245 million in humanitarian aid to Sudan. "With this funding, our humanitarian partners can respond to the new needs arising from the current conflict, which has displaced approximately 840,000 people within the country and forced another 250,000 to flee since April 15," a press statement from Blinken said.

People fleeing conflict in Sudan wait at a bus station in Khartoum.


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