More than 600 persons are reportedly dead and millions displaced since the war started in Sudan.
Sudan’s paramilitary declared a cease-fire with the military for the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but it failed as fighting continued. While the conflict raged for a seventh day, Kenyan President William Ruto offered to mediate after multiple cease-fires failed to hold.
Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said it had agreed to a 72-hour truce on humanitarian grounds starting at 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) local time on Friday, to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
“The truce coincides with the blessed Eid al-Fitr … to open humanitarian corridors to evacuate citizens and give them the opportunity to greet their families,” the RSF said in a statement.
Bombing and shelling rocked the capital, Khartoum, earlier Friday. There was no immediate comment from the army, and its leader, General Abdel Fattah Burhan, did not mention a cease-fire in a recorded speech posted on the army’s Facebook page.