Sudan’s Rival Factions Agree to 24-Hour Cease-Fire

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The Sudan military and rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to a 24-hour cease fire as millions of Sudanese civilians have been hiding in their homes.  Since the two factions began fighting on Saturday, the U.N. estimates almost 200 people have died and more than 1,800 wounded.  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken contacted both Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, leader of Sudan’s military and Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the RSF.  After speaking with Blinken, both sides agreed to the cease-fire for humanitarian reasons and as a potential return to negotiations between the two factions. After joining forces to remove long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, the two sides have been negotiating on integrating forces and returning the country to democracy.