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US warns citizens about Sudan unrest

November 8 - 2016 KHARTOUM
The United States Embassy in Khartoum (file photo)
The United States Embassy in Khartoum (file photo)

In a warning against possible protests and violence in Khartoum and Sudanese cities, the United States Embassy informed American citizens of the recent announcement of the liberalisation of the fuel market.

The Embassy informs US citizens today that the Sudanese government has reportedly taken measures to prevent or disrupt activities that protest the measures. Last week it announced the lifting of fuel subsidies on certain consumer commodities.

'Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news station for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,' the statement reads.

For further information it refers to the State Department's travel website.

Fuel prices soared after the government liberalised the fuel market. El Fasher and Ed Daein immediately witnessed significant price rises in transportation. In response, Sudan’s opposition parties are calling on the people in the country to stage mass protests.

Yesterday, multiple sources reported from various towns in the country that security forces are guarding roads and petrol stations in anticipation of popular protests. In the Sudanese capital, Nyala in South Darfur, and Atbara in the River Nile state, students took to the streets on Sunday and again on Monday in protest against the recent increases in fuel and electricity prices.

A large number of students of the University of Khartoum staged a demonstration on Monday morning, but were dispersed by force and heavy tear gas.

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