Sudan conflict raging for 17 days. Here is the situation on May 1
The two warring parties in Sudan continue to fight despite saying they would extend a flaky 72-hour ceasefire brokered by the US.
A handful of key events that marked the conflict on May 1, Monday, include
- Although the truce agreement has so far failed to stop the clashes, it has de-escalated the fighting in some areas. But the continuing violence is still compelling scores of civilians to move to safer parts of the country or cross the borders.
- The warring groups, Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have accused each other of ceasefire violations.
- According to the Sudanese police, a paramilitary unit – the Central Reserve Police – has been deployed across the capital city of Khartoum to protect the properties of residents from looting.
- Since the deadly battles erupted on April 15, more than 500 people have been killed, and tens of thousands of others displaced.
- According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Sudan’s airspace would remain closed until May 13, with exceptions covering evacuation operations and aid distribution flights.
- Owing to the “rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis”, the UN chief said the agency’s top humanitarian official is on its way to the region.
- More than 5,000 people boarded Saudi Arabian ships from Port Sudan to flee the violence, the Kingdom said.
Evacuations and Discussions
- After already airlifting over 2,000 people out of Sudan from an airport near the capital, the UK said it will operate another flight from Port Sudan on Monday.
- Canada has cited “dangerous conditions” for deciding to end its evacuation flights.
- Egypt has called an Arab League meeting of its permanent delegates on Monday to discuss the crisis.
- The US sent a navy ship to bring its citizens out of the conflict-stricken country, two US officials said.
- US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said roughly 1,000 Americans have already been evacuated, adding a government convoy has reached Port Sudan to bring US citizens and other people willing to avoid the conflict to Saudi Arabia.