Sudanese warring groups have signed a treaty to protect civilians and humanitarian deliveries from violence, but could not agree on a ceasefire.

This is a first step to providing relief for Sudanese civilians trapped in the conflict, but there is still a long way to go.

The rival groups in statement pledged to respect humanitarian principles, adding that they will allow safe passage for people leaving battle zones.

The two sides committed to let in badly needed humanitarian assistance, after looting and attacks that targeted aid. They are still discussing a proposal for a truce and a mechanism to monitor it.

An American diplomats described the discussions as difficult, with the two sides still “far apart”.

It was gathered that on Thursday, Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, was rocked by more clashes but the overall situation was calmer than a day earlier.

The conflict erupted in mid-April when the RSF refused to be integrated into Sudan’s army under a planned transition to civilian rule.