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Egypt calls for immediate cease-fire in Sudan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday held phone talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to discuss developments in the recent situation in Sudan, with Egypt calling for a cease-fire.

The two presidents stressed the seriousness of the current situation, affirming full support for Sudan to achieve security, stability and peace.

They called for an immediate cease-fire in Sudan, wit both leaders expressing the readiness of Egypt and South Sudan to mediate between the Sudanese parties.

The leaders warned that the escalation of violence will only cause the situation to spiral out of control.

Violent clashes erupted between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, which the Sudanese Army declared a rebel militia, in the capital Khartoum and other cities.

Sources stated that the Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors – a non-governmental body – counted the number of dead and injured as of Sunday, as the number of victims of military operations initially reached 56 dead and 595 injured.

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces issued a statement in which they assured the Egyptian people and leadership that Egyptian civilians in Sudan are safe.

The RSF statement said that they are ready to hand Egyptian citizens over to their leadership as soon as the security conditions calm down.

It announced on Saturday that they had taken control of some headquarters and strategic locations in the capital and the states.

EgyptAir, the national flag carrier of Egypt, announced the temporary suspension of flights to and from Khartoum Airport, starting Saturday, April 15, for a period of 72 hours, until it is informed on developments in the situation in Sudan.

In an official statement issued by the company, it said that the suspension comes in light of the information regarding the current unstable situation in Sudan.

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