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Sudan forms body to end protests in the east

Sudanese from the eastern Beja region block the main road of Port Sudan, 120 km west of the port, on 5 October 2021 as an act of protest against sections regarding the eastern region of Sudan in the Juba Peace Agreement, signed between rebel groups and the government in October last year. [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]
Sudanese from the eastern Beja region block the main road of Port Sudan, 120 km west of the port, on 5 October 2021 as an act of protest against sections regarding the eastern region of Sudan in the Juba Peace Agreement, signed between rebel groups and the government in October last year. [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]

The Sudanese Cabinet on Sunday agreed to form a committee headed by the prime minister to discuss with the military authorities "practical solutions" to the problems of eastern Sudan, Anadolu reported.

The government said in a statement following a cabinet meeting that ministers discussed the closure of Port Sudan as well as the closure of roads linking the Red Sea State with the rest of the country.

They acknowledged eastern Sudan's "just cause" and stressed the right to peaceful protest, but warned that the closure of Port Sudan and highways connecting the east with the rest of the country were "harming the interests of all Sudanese".

Yesterday, the Sudanese government warned that the country is running out of life-saving medicines, fuel and wheat because of the closure of its main port in the east of the country.

In recent weeks, demonstrators from the Beja tribe have blocked roads around Port Sudan and forced Red Sea ports to close, in protest of the poor economic conditions.

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