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Sudan conflict, pressure mounts for Eid ceasefire

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DIPLOMATIC pressure is being stepped up to end the fighting in Sudan, which has left more than 300 people dead in the last week.

The regular army has been fighting a paramilitary force called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The UN and other countries have been pushing for a three-day truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

The RSF says it has agreed to a 72-hour truce on humanitarian grounds.

There was no immediate comment from the army.

Two previous attempted ceasefires failed to take effect.

The head of the army, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, earlier dismissed the possibility of negotiations with the RSF.

The latest hope of a temporary truce came after UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, appealed for a ceasefire to allow civilians to reach safety.

The UN has warned that between 10 000 and 20 000 people, mostly women and children have fled Sudan to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad.

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