| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Tribal protesters block Port Sudan for fifth day

For a consecutive fifth day, Sudanese protesters closed the country’s vital Port Sudan on the Red Sea, 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.