Sudan’s RSF Leader Announces Eid Cease-Fire, Vows Probe of His Forces

Juba, South Sudan — The leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces announced a brief cease-fire starting Wednesday for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo also said he would hold his forces accountable for violations against civilians since the current conflict broke out with Sudan’s military. But analysts are skeptical after numerous failed cease-fires and note Dagalo’s poor record on rights violations.

Dagalo, known also as Hemedti, announced the 48-hour cease-fire for al-Adha festivities from early Wednesday morning through Thursday night.

In an audio address provided to VOA by the Al Hadath TV channel, Hemedti declared a two-day unilateral truce, honoring the Muslims Adha festivity.

He said his forces will remain in their position and will act only in self-defense.

Hemedti noted the unilateral cease-fire shows the commitment of his forces to end fighting and end the suffering of civilians.

He said it was his wish that these days will be used for a genuine forgiveness and reconciliation among the people. He cited a deep feeling for the people, who are suffering and going through harsh humanitarian situations because of the ongoing fighting, which has affected their livelihoods. He said they are determined to end this war hopefully strong and united once again.

However, the RSF commander expressed concern about alleged human rights violations committed by his forces against civilians.

He announced the establishment of field courts headed by Major General Esam Saleh Fidhel to carry out investigations into claims of offenses allegedly committed by the RSF.

He said the violations are against RSF law and the instructions of its senior leadership.

“We are going to address them firmly and seriously,” he said. “I am here, sincerely assuring our people that we reject and condemn any violation against civilians, including those believed to have been committed by our RSF forces.”