Sudanese Army Declares Withdrawal from ‘Jeddah Talks’

The Saudi Foreign Minister alongside representatives from both sides of the Sudanese conflict during the signing of the Jeddah Agreement on March 21 (Reuters)
The Saudi Foreign Minister alongside representatives from both sides of the Sudanese conflict during the signing of the Jeddah Agreement on March 21 (Reuters)
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Sudanese Army Declares Withdrawal from ‘Jeddah Talks’

The Saudi Foreign Minister alongside representatives from both sides of the Sudanese conflict during the signing of the Jeddah Agreement on March 21 (Reuters)
The Saudi Foreign Minister alongside representatives from both sides of the Sudanese conflict during the signing of the Jeddah Agreement on March 21 (Reuters)

Sudan’s Army announced on Thursday its withdrawal from indirect talks with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah. The Army clarified that disagreements regarding the evacuation of citizens’ homes, service facilities, hospitals, and roads in the capital Khartoum have resulted in a failure to reach a ceasefire agreement.

In a statement issued under the name of the Army’s official spokesperson, Nabil Abdullah, it was mentioned that “the Army delegation returned to Sudan on Wednesday for consultations.”

The statement reaffirmed the Army’s readiness to resume negotiations once the obstacles are overcome.

Furthermore, the statement highlighted that following the Eid al-Adha holiday, the delegation engaged in Saudi-sponsored indirect talks with the RSF and reached preliminary understandings regarding a general principles agreement for negotiations, a monitoring and verification mechanism, and the establishment of a joint center for a ceasefire, to be led by Saudi Arabia.

The Army stated that their delegation discussed a draft of the ceasefire agreement, and significant progress was made on many points.

However, disputes over some crucial issues, including the rebels’ evacuation of citizens’ homes in various areas of the capital and the clearance of service facilities, hospitals, and roads, led to a failure to reach a ceasefire agreement.

The Army expressed “appreciation for the tremendous and valued efforts made by their brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure the success of all rounds of these negotiations.”

They affirmed their desire to reach a meaningful and just agreement that halts hostilities and paves the way for addressing post-war issues.

On May 11, the warring parties in Sudan, the Army and the RSF, signed the Jeddah Principles Declaration for a ceasefire and humanitarian arrangements, facilitated by the Kingdom and the US.

However, at the beginning of June, the talks between the two parties were suspended due to their failure to adhere to the second ceasefire and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to those trapped in conflict zones.

Thousands of Sudanese people continue to be forcibly displaced from cities in the capital Khartoum, fleeing from death caused by the ongoing clashes, artillery bombardments, and airstrikes between the Sudanese Army and the RSF.



Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
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Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed

Israel renewed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after the United States renewed its criticism of its ally over the high civilian casualty toll of the war.

Residents told AFP of Israeli warplanes striking central Gaza and artillery fire hitting the territory's south, while medics said they pulled multiple bodies from the rubble of the latest bombardment.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told two top Israeli officials that casualties among Palestinian civilians "still remain unacceptably high".

"We continue to see far too many civilians killed in this conflict," spokesman Matthew Miller said after Blinken meth Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi.

Washington has been pushing for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

But Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the group was pulling out of indirect talks for a deal in protest at recent Israeli "massacres", including a massive strike on Sunday that the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said killed at least 92 people.

Haniyeh said Hamas stood ready to return to the indirect talks once Israel "demonstrates seriousness in reaching a ceasefire agreement and a prisoner exchange deal".

After the latest deadly strikes, medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent said they recovered four bodies from a house outside the southern city of Khan Yunis and another from Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza.

The Israeli military said that over the previous 24 hours its air force struck "approximately 40 terror targets" in Gaza. They included "sniping posts, observation posts, Hamas military structures, terror infrastructure, and buildings rigged with explosives".

It said its troops were also continuing targeted raids in the far-southern city of Rafah and in the central Gaza Strip.