Fighting resumes in Khartoum as truce ends, Egypt introduces entry visa for all Sudanese

Shelling and gunfire resumed in the Sudanese capital on Sunday June 11, following a 24-hour ceasefire that was generally respected, according to witnesses.

The latest in a series of ceasefire agreements allowed civilians to stock up on essential supplies or flee.

Nearly two months after the start of the war between army general Al Burhane and paramilitary commander Dagalo, more than 1,800 people have been killed, according to the NGO Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.

Nearly two million people have been displaced, 476,000 of whom have sought refuge in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.

Against this backdrop, Egypt has cancelled a visa exemption for children, women and the elderly. All citizens of neighboring Sudan will have to obtain a visa before crossing the border.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spoke on Saturday June 10 of a crackdown on “illegal activities”, including fraud. And said the nation has welcomed some 200,000 Sudanese nationals.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stressed in its statement that its consulates in Sudan have been equipped “with the necessary electronic devices to enforce these regulations, guaranteeing the orderly entry of Sudanese citizens”.