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Sudan says running low on fuel oil and wheat due to port blockade

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]

A three-week blockade of Sudan's main port by tribal protesters is causing shortages of wheat and fuel oil for power generation, endangering the country's already faulty electricity supply, a cabinet minister said on Saturday, reported Reuters.

Tensions between Sudan's military and civilian leaders have been running high in recent weeks, and some civilian figures have accused the military of playing a role in the Beja tribe's blockade of Port Sudan, surrounding roads and fuel pipelines.

Military leaders have denied any involvement, and Beja leaders say they are protesting to draw attention to economic and political issues affecting the eastern tribe.

In the capital, Khartoum, queues for bread have reappeared in recent days and there have been shortages of imported flour.

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Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khalid Omer Yousif said in a statement the government would redistribute wheat stocks located in the country's Northern State to bolster supplies elsewhere.

Diesel supplies have also been affected by the blockade but petrol supplies remain stable, the statement added.

On Friday, the United States, Britain and Norway backed Sudan's civilian-led transitional government in urging political talks to resolve the protests.

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