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South Darfur releases Nyala protesters

January 23 - 2015 NYALA
Nyala (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
Nyala (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

The authorities in South Darfur released 28 of the people detained by security agencies when protests broke out in Nyala city on Tuesday. People took to the streets in protest against the killing of a young man by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The governor of South Darfur, Adam Mahmood Jarelnabi, has formed a committee to investigate the killing of Ahmed Abdelrahman Mohamed Daoud, the demonstration on Tuesday, inventory of losses, and casualties in the incidents. 

Thirteen people sustained injuries in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, during the mass protest against attacks by the paramilitary RSF. A member of these RSF shot Daoud dead in El Shaabi market on Sunday. One of the demonstrators reported to Dabanga that police and security forces in vehicles mounted with machine guns attempted to block them, but the demonstrators took another route.

"They then used tear gas and live bullets to disperse the crowd. 13 people, among them six women, were seriously injured, and were taken to the Nyala Teaching Hospital." Another source said that security agents detained at least 11 demonstrators.

Daoud was an electronic devices merchant from the Beni Halba tribe, according to the UK-based Sudan Social Development Organisations (SUDO). In a statement on Tuesday, SUDO condemned the fact that the police used live ammunition to disperse the large demonstration that day.

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