Sudan’s defense ministry calls on retired soldiers, able citizens to arm themselves

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Sudan’s Ministry of Defense has called on retired soldiers and able citizens to arm themselves at the nearest army bases for self-defense, according to a statement.

Fierce battles between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted on April 15.

Last week, the warring parties agreed to a seven-day truce that began at 9:45 p.m. (1945 GMT) on Monday, aimed to allow for the delivery of aid.

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The ceasefire deal, reached in talks in Jeddah, has raised hopes of a pause in a war that has driven nearly 1.1 million people from their homes, including more than 250,000 who have fled to neighboring countries, threatening to destabilize a volatile region

The health ministry has said that at least 730 people have been killed, though the true figure is likely much higher.

Those who remain in Khartoum suffer from electricity and water outages, a breakdown in healthcare services and reduced communications. Many homes, particularly in well-off areas of the capital, have been raided and looted.

Earlier on Friday, Saudi Arabia and the United States said that Sudan's warring sides were complying better with a ceasefire despite reports of sporadic fighting from Khartoum residents and of clashes elsewhere in the country.

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