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Tribal protesters block Port Sudan for fifth day

Sudanese protesters gather outside the main entrance to the southern port in Port Sudan on 20 September 2021 [IBRAHIM ISHAQ/AFP/Getty Images]
Sudanese protesters gather outside the main entrance to the southern port in Port Sudan on 20 September 2021 [IBRAHIM ISHAQ/AFP/Getty Images]

Sudanese protesters yesterday closed the country's vital Port Sudan on the Red Sea for the fifth day, over the Eastern Sudan Track of the Juba Peace Agreement signed in October 2020 between Khartoum and South Sudan, Anadolu reported.

The High Council of Beja Nazirs, which leads the protest movement, also closed the Bashayer oil terminal, the Suakin port, and the duty-free markets in the Red Sea state and suspended the ports' revenues to the Bank of Sudan.

Leader of the High Council of Beja Nazirs, Ahmed Musa Omar, told Anadolu that the reopening of all the Red Sea ports is linked to fulfilling the council's demands, including the abolition of the Eastern Sudan Track.

Last July, the council closed the main road between Khartoum and Port Sudan for three days in protest of the agreement which it said marginalises the eastern regions.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Ministry of Transport warned that such closures destroy the port's reputation and reverse efforts made by the government to regaining confidence in its operation.

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