Explosions in Omdurman, and Russia is ready to mediate between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces

Al-Jazeera correspondent in Sudan reported – today, Friday – that strong and successive explosions were heard south of the city of Omdurman, while Russia expressed its willingness to help resolve the conflict that arose between the army and the Rapid Support Forces more than two months ago.

And the battles between the two sides of the conflict in Sudan were renewed on Thursday, ending with a fragile truce announced by the two parties separately, coinciding with Eid al-Adha.

And the French Press Agency quoted residents in Khartoum as saying that a huge explosion occurred yesterday east of the army headquarters in central Khartoum, and clouds of smoke rose.

In Darfur, a ceasefire agreement was reached only a few hours ago, after which clashes with heavy weapons began between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces.

The governor of North Darfur (western Sudan), Nimr Abdel Rahman, said that the state government and civil administrations had agreed on a cease-fire with the participation of all parties.

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On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed, during a meeting in Moscow with Malik Agar, Vice-President of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, the need to take measures to end hostilities in Sudan.

A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Moscow is concerned about the crisis in Sudan and its consequences for the entire region, and that it is ready to help reach a settlement of the situation.

For his part, Agar said that the Russian Foreign Minister announced Moscow’s solidarity with Sudan and its existing legitimate institutions, its readiness to support the Sudanese people, and its assertion that the solution is in the hands of the Sudanese themselves.

In the same context, the governor of the Darfur region and the head of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Minni Arko Minawi, said that his movement is fully prepared to present initiatives to stop the war in Sudan.

Minawi announced that his movement was forced with what he called the armed struggle movements to form a joint force to secure the roads from the city of Port Sudan in the east of the country to El Geneina in the state of West Darfur.

In another context, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that more than two million people have been displaced in Sudan due to the battles, in addition to the flight of more than a million people from the capital, Khartoum. Haq added that more than 560,000 people have crossed into neighboring countries.

About 2,800 people have been killed and more than 2.8 million have been displaced, fleeing the war between the army commander, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, since April 15.

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