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Sudan’s Rival Military Forces Refuse Negotiations

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The security situation in Sudan’s capital Khartoum is very tense as military analysts say that there is no political solution in sight.

“The army has legitimacy and seems to be the strongest party at the moment, but the entry of external parties into the conflict may change [things],” said Elias Hanna, a military analyst.

Sudan’s army said in a statement on Thursday that engaging in talks with the paramilitary force would only be possible to discuss its surrender.

“There would be no armed forces outside the military military system,” it added.

The statement came as the latest attempt at a 24-hour ceasefire between Sudan’s warring forces grew increasingly strained.

Meanwhile, Ahmed al-Mandhari, the regional spokesperson for the WHO, has described the health situation as “very worrying”.

“Twenty hospitals are out of service completely; 12 hospitals are at risk of being out of service due to staff fatigue, lack of water and medicines, and power outages,” he said.

Al-Mandhari said the global health agency has provided health supplies to hospitals from its warehouses in Sudan, but its stock is running out and it cannot bring any more in the country.

“We are coordinating with international organisations and health authorities in Sudan to transfer health supplies from warehouses to hospitals. The breaches of the truce prevented our arrival at hospitals,” he said.

Violence erupted across Sudan on Saturday between the forces of two generals who seized power in a 2021 coup: army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, better known by his nickname Hemedti, who commands the RSF.

It followed a bitter dispute between them over the planned integration of the RSF into the regular army – a key condition for a final deal aimed at restoring Sudan’s democratic transition.

The fighting has killed at least 270 people and wounded more than 12,600, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

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