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Sudan imposes curfew in 3 states to contain protests

Sudanese protesters demonstrate against their government in the capital Khartoum's district of Burri on February 24, 2019 [STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images]
Sudanese protesters demonstrate against their government in the capital Khartoum's district of Burri on February 24, 2019 [STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images]

The Sudanese government declared curfew in three states in light of widespread popular protests against hard living conditions and lack of security in some areas.

Governor of North Kordofan declared a state of emergency in his region, with a 12-hour curfew starting at 6 pm, "to preserve the lives of citizens and secure properties," and closed schools until 14 February, after the escalation of violence and riots, reported the Sudanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria.

The newspaper confirmed that angry demonstrators did not abide by the curfew imposed in three states from 6 pm until 7 am with altercations with security services continuing.

For the past three days, Sudan has been undergoing widespread popular unrest, especially in El-Fashir city, after a conflict erupted between camel breeders and locals, in addition to difficult economic and social conditions that will not be easily rectified by the new government of Abdalla Hamdok due to a severe lack of means and resources.

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