Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan. File picture: Karel Prinsloo/AP
Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan. File picture: Karel Prinsloo/AP

Sudan declares state of emergency in North Darfur state

By Khaled Abdelaziz Time of article published Jul 14, 2020

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Khartoum - Sudan declared a state of

emergency in part of the conflict-ridden western region of

Darfur after violence and unrest in two towns, state news agency

SUNA said.

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

said it had sent a team to Kutum town in North Darfur state

following the reported burning of a police station and cars by

unidentified protesters. It gave no details.

Protesters demanded on Sunday better security and a civilian

state government, a resident said. State governor positions are

held in Sudan by military officers despite the toppling of

autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April.

Separately, another resident told Reuters an unidentified

militia had attacked on Monday another sit-in in Fatabarno, a

village in the same area.

No more details were available about the two incidents.

Peaceful sit-ins have sprung up in towns across Darfur and

in other parts of Sudan, which also protesting the presence of

armed militias.

Conflict started in Darfur in 2003 after mostly non-Arab

rebels rose up against the Khartoum government. Government

forces and mainly Arab militia, which moved to repress the

revolt, were accused of widespread atrocities. Some 300,000

people were killed in the conflict, according to U.N. estimates.

There has been no serious fighting for years but the

conflict remains unresolved as Arab militias are still present

and have control over land they seized.

The transition civilian Khartoum government, in power with

military since Bashir's toppling, has vowed to end the conflict

and is holding talks with some of the rebel groups that had

fought Bashir's government in Darfur and elsewhere in the

country. 

Reuters

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