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South Darfur capital secured against robberies

July 6 - 2016 NYALA / UPPER NILE
Clothes vendor at Omdurman market in Sudan (file photo)
Clothes vendor at Omdurman market in Sudan (file photo)

South Darfur has deployed a joint military and police force to the capital city in order to prevent acts of robbery during Eid el-Fitr, the festival that breaks the Ramadan fast.

Army, security and police personnel together with Rapid Support Forces have been stationed in Nyala since Tuesday, according to the state government to secure the city and prevent militant groups from banditry.

A witnesses told Radio Dabanga that authorities have also set-up dozens of security checkpoints around the city that impose a tight control over the main entrances of Nyala.

The security service has already arrested a number of suspects during a night raid campaign on the hideouts of suspected perpetrators and outlaws. A number of stolen vehicles and rickshaws were seized from the sites.

Wishes

Eid el-Fitr officially started today. Displaced people speaking to Radio Dabanga congratulated all Sudanese refugees on the occasion of the holiday and prayed for peace and stability to prevail in Darfur and Sudan.

Sheikh Ali El Taher, a leader of the displaced in Darfur said that Eid el-Fitr came in very difficult conditions and the rise of prices. “A number of families cannot buy new clothes for children” - as is tradition during the festival.

Refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile in the camps in El Maban, Upper Nile, appealed to the international and regional community to pressure on the regime in Khartoum to open the routes for humanitarian organisations and implement a permanent ceasefire. “So we can return to our villages in Blue Nile from where we have fled,” a refugee told Radio Dabanga from South Sudan.


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