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Sudanese representatives arrive in Saudi Arabia to resume truce talks with RSF

Smoke rises above buildings as people walk along a street in Omdurman on July 15, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Sudanese representatives have arrived in Saudi Arabia to resume talks with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) aimed at ending months of fighting in the crisis-hit African country.

The representatives arrived in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Saturday, according to Sudanese government sources.

This comes as the United States and Saudi Arabia suspended previous ceasefire talks in June after the failure of a truce brokered by them.

The two sides had agreed to the ceasefire through the mediation of Saudi Arabia and the United States on May 20. But since then they have violated it on numerous occasions.

Egypt has also announced that it will host a summit of Sudan's neighbors on Thursday to seek an end to the conflict and its regional repercussions.

Separately on Saturday, Sudan’s health ministry said at least four civilians have been killed and four others injured in a drone attack that targeted a hospital in the city of Omdurman.

The ministry accused the RSF of carrying out the attack.

The fighting in Sudan began in mid-April over a power struggle between army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who commands the RSF.

The International Organization for Migration says nearly three million people have been displaced by Sudan's fighting, among them almost 700,000 who have fled to neighboring countries, especially Chad and Egypt.

The United Nations, the Arab League and many countries in the world have already urged the opposing sides to show restraint and engage in dialog to end the hostilities.

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