Sudan’s main port resumes operation after closure by protesters

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FILE PHOTO: Port Sudan, on the country's Red Sea coast, is Sudan's primary maritime link for transport and trade. (Xinhua/Mohamed Khidir)

Local authorities in eastern Sudan’s Red Sea State on Wednesday announced the resumption of work at a major port after two days of closure by protesters.

“The Sea Ports Corporation resumed work at Port-Sudan’s southern harbour today,” said Abdullah Shangarai, Red Sea State Governor, in a statement.

On Tuesday, Sudan’s Security and Defense Council expressed rejection to the recent protests in eastern Sudan’s Red Sea state, criticizing the protesters’ closure of the national road and the port, which is Sudan’s main maritime gateway.

The Red Sea state has been witnessing protests since Sunday, which led to the closure of the southern harbor of Port Sudan, while protesters blocked a main road linking the state and the capital Khartoum in rejection to the signing of the “eastern track” included in the peace agreement recently signed in Juba.

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