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Sudan fighting continues despite cease-fire for Eid al-Fitr holiday

The Rapid Support Forces announced a 72-hour cease-fire, following two other failed truces.
Muslim worshippers pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at al-Hara al-Rabaa Mosque in the Juraif Gharb neighborhood, Khartoum, Sudan, April 21, 2023.

Another cease-fire was announced in Sudan on Friday. Fighting is continuing in the east African country, despite several attempts to negotiate an end to the hostilities.

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group, which is fighting Sudan's armed forces, announced a 72-hour cease-fire starting at 6 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET). The group said the ceasefire would coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and open humanitarian corridors. The cease-fire was based on “international, regional and local understandings,” the RSF said on Twitter.

However, Agence France-Presse reported that heavy gunfire and explosions were heard in the capital Khartoum and other parts of the country following the cease-fire announcement.

Hatim Auyob, a political analyst in Khartoum, said the fighting continued throughout the morning.

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