Today (Saturday), the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority announced the extension of the closure of the country’s airspace to air traffic until May 31, a day after the two parties to the conflict agreed to commit to conducting humanitarian work and meeting the needs of civilians.
“Humanitarian aid and evacuation flights are excluded from this, after obtaining a permit from the competent authorities,” the authority said in a statement.
Sudanese airspace was closed to regular air traffic after a military conflict broke out between the country’s army and the Rapid Support Forces in mid-April, killing hundreds and fleeing more than 200,000 to neighboring countries, as well as the internal displacement of 700,000 others.
A senior Saudi diplomat said that representatives of the two sides of the conflict in Sudan will resume talks tomorrow (Sunday) on how to implement plans to deliver humanitarian aid and withdraw forces from civilian areas based on the implementation mechanism of the Jeddah Declaration, according to what was reported by Reuters today.
The source stated that the negotiations will focus on a plan for the delivery of humanitarian aid, guarantees of opening safe passages and the removal of forces from civilian areas.