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UN Chief, Guterres, calls for ceasefire in Sudan to mark Eid-el-Fitri



United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a ceasefire of at least three days in Sudan to mark Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Guterres, who spoke to reporters on Thursday, said it was important to embrace truce as the celebration marked an important end of the holy month.

“We are living a very important moment in the Muslim calendar. I think this is the right moment for a ceasefire to hold. We have been in contact with the parties, we believe it is possible”, Guterres noted.

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No fewer than 300 people have been killed since the fighting between forces loyal to Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, broke out on Saturday.

According to the UN Chief, the Eid ceasefire “must be the first step in providing respite from the fighting and paving the way for a permanent ceasefire.

“This ceasefire is absolutely crucial at the present moment. The pause would allow civilians trapped in conflict zones to escape and to seek medical treatment, food and other essential supplies.”

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