1,200 stranded Sudanese in the open in Egypt
Some 1,200 Sudanese are stranded in Egypt. Sources confirm that they are staying in the open in Edfu, north of Aswan.
Among the stranded are Sudanese who visited Egypt for medical treatment, elderly and children. They are living in the open since the Argeen border crossing was closed almost two weeks ago.
The stranded appeal to the Sudanese authorities to expedite their return to Sudan.
Sudan closed the four border crossings to Egypt on Friday 13 March. Some 3000 Sudanese were trapped on the Egyptian side of the border when Egypt subsequently claimed their visas were false. 375 of them arrived in Khartoum by bus on 18 March, the day that Sudan decided to reopen Khartoum airport and some border crossings to allow stranded Sudanese to return home.
Dr Alam Abukeleib, Minister of Health and Social Development of Sennar, reported that 12 foreign nationals were placed in quarantine in the state. They are monitored daily to ensure their safety.
Abeer El Fadil, director of the Emergency and Epidemics Department in Sennar, announced that the state’s isolation centre will be transferred to the offices that were used by the National Congress Party of ousted president Omar Al Bashir in the capital Singa.
The Khartoum Security Committee decided to impose penalties on violators of the 8 pm to 6 am curfew, which was implemented in all parts of the country yesterday. The curfew includes restaurants.
The governor of Khartoum, Lt Gen Ahmed Abdoun, said that the competent authorities will only issue movement permits when this is absolutely necessary.
The government of North Darfur announced that the final exams for class eight basic school students will be “postponed indefinitely”. The number of employees and workers in government and private institutions will be reduced by 50 per cent and street vendors will be banned at all markets.
The North Darfur authorities and the Unamid peacekeeping mission agreed to postpone changing the UN forces in the state. Unamid’s movement in towns and at gatherings will be limited to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The authorities claimed that the health conditions in North Darfur, including the camps for the displaced, are stable.
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