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Sudan’s Military Says No Ramadan Ceasefire

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In the midst of escalating tensions in Sudan, General Yasser al-Atta, representing the country’s military, has taken a firm stance: there will be no ceasefire during the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan unless certain conditions are met.

This declaration underscores the deep-seated conflict between Sudan’s armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), shedding light on the intricate nature of the nation’s political landscape.

Central to this conflict is a critical demand from the military, the RSF must withdraw from civilian and public spaces, a condition established during mediated talks in Jeddah last May. This requirement, emphasized by al-Atta, symbolizes the military’s commitment to upholding previous agreements and restoring order in the strife-ridden nation.

The clash between the army and the RSF erupted in mid-April 2023, fueled by disagreements over Sudan’s transition to civilian rule. Since then, the conflict has inflicted significant damage, displacing communities, ravaging land, and destroying infrastructure. While the RSF initially gained ground, recent reports hint at a potential shift in momentum, with the army making strategic advances, particularly in regions like Omdurman.

The path to peace remains fraught with challenges. The RSF’s response to the military’s demands is uncertain, and past attempts to broker ceasefires have stumbled due to entrenched animosities and power struggles. Additionally, the humanitarian crisis in Sudan demands immediate attention, with millions of civilians facing displacement, hunger, and deprivation.

International bodies, including the United Nations and the United States, have condemned the violence and urged all parties to prioritize peace and humanitarian aid. However, achieving lasting reconciliation in Sudan necessitates navigating a complex interplay of political dynamics, ethnic tensions, and humanitarian imperatives.