While the capital Khartoum witnessed fierce clashes, the two sides continue negotiations in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
According to eyewitnesses, heavy artillery shots are heard and smoke rises around the Presidential Palace and the General Command of the Army in the center of the capital.
In addition, military warplanes hit some points under the control of HDK in the Umdurman region.
In the Bahri region, fire broke out in some factories due to clashes.
The military announced on May 3 that they had accepted the Intergovernmental Authority for Development in East Africa (IGAD) initiative, which recommended extending the ceasefire by one week.
On May 5, the HDK announced that the ceasefire was extended for another 72 hours, with the mediation of the USA and Saudi Arabia, to open humanitarian aid corridors, facilitate the movements of citizens and residents, meet their needs and reach safe areas.
US and Saudi Arabian solution efforts
The Sudanese army stated that on May 5, with the mediation of Saudi Arabia and the United States, representatives of the two sides went to Jeddah to discuss the details of the ceasefire, which is being renewed to ensure security.
In a phone call between Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his American counterpart, Antony Blinken, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia stated that they are ready to host representatives of the army and HDK in Jeddah to discuss the ceasefire issue of Saudi Arabia as part of the efforts of the two countries.
The ministry stated that the talks between the two sides aim to lay the groundwork for a dialogue that will ensure the security and stability of Sudan and its people and reduce the level of tension.
Clashes between the army and the HDK in Sudan
The disagreement over the last few months over the “military security reform”, which envisaged the full participation of the HDK in Sudan, which was established in 2013 to support the government forces against the armed rebels in the Darfur region, turned into a hot conflict since the morning of April 15.
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Army, General Abdulfettah al-Burhan, decided to dissolve the HDK, which clashed with the army, and to declare it a “rebel force against the state”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the number of people who lost their lives in the ongoing conflict increased to 551, and 4 thousand 926 people were injured.