Tension controls the city of Kassala, in eastern Sudan
Today, Thursday, tension dominated the city of Kassala, eastern Sudan, for the third day in a row, while the sounds of gunfire were heard in the city, which has been witnessing severe tribal polarization since Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok appointed Saleh Ammar as governor of Kassala state, which borders the Sudanese-Eritrean border.
Tribal components organized a massive protest campaign rejecting Ammar’s appointment, sit-ins and road closures were organized, while other tribal components responded with rallies in support of the appointment, which has escalated the security turmoil since Wednesday.
And it resulted in casualties.
The opponents of the appointed governor organized, today, new protests that created chaos, burning shops and closing roads, despite the intense security deployment in the city and the reinforcements sent by the central government.
Video clips and images broadcast by activists on social media showed dense tribal crowds in the vicinity of the city’s market, security chaos and gunfire by police forces to disperse the protesters, and no information has yet been received about casualties.
Software translation: alaraby.co.uk