In a recorded statement posted on Facebook, the commander of Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, announced a two-day “unilateral” ceasefire in their conflict with the army. The ceasefire is timed to coincide with the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
Hemedti stated that the ceasefire would be in effect on the eve of Eid and on the day of Eid itself, with the exception of situations that require self-defense. The declaration of the ceasefire is aimed at fostering an atmosphere of reconciliation and peace among the Sudanese people during the festive period.
Addressing the humanitarian challenges caused by the ongoing conflict, Hemedti expressed his hope that the war would ultimately unite and strengthen the nation. The RSF commander emphasized the significance of the Eid holiday as an opportunity for healing and solidarity.
The temporary ceasefire by the RSF indicates a willingness to pursue peaceful initiatives and highlights the importance of religious and cultural observances in promoting unity and stability in Sudan.