Members of the Sudanese security service “opened fire on peaceful protesters” in El Obeid, North Kordofan, killing one person and injuring at least ten others on Thursday, witnesses said. On the same day, “air raids killed two children” elsewhere in the state.
Sources told Radio Dabanga civilians staged demonstrations against the presence of a military garrison inside the El Obeid neighbourhood of Al Wahdah. They claim security forces stationed in that base often carry out abuses against the local residents.“We fear for our safety. Especially women are targeted,” they said.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a group of youngsters from the neighbourhood attempted on Thursday to lodge a complaint at the garrison. However, elements of the security services arrested the youngsters and refused to release them.
This prompted fellow residents of the Al Wahdah neighbourhood to stage “peaceful protests”. They shouted and asked “Why are you doing this to us?”. Citizens are reported to have torched the district’s market.
In response to the events, members of the security services are said to have opened fire on the demonstrators killing one and injuring at least ten.
The demonstrations ceased on Friday at 10am. State authorities and the police intervened and assured the protesters they would implement their demands and expel the security services from the area “as soon as possible”.
Air raids “by the Sudanese Air Force” left two children dead in Rebesh village, North Kordofan. A source said the victims were with their mother inside a barn at their farm when an Antonov dropped a bomb on the area.
“The children were completely charred and their mother, who is in a very serious condition, was taken to Rebesh hospital,” the source said.
The witness also told Radio Dabanga he saw a large SRF rebel convoy arriving recently in the Rebesh area. The SRF is an alliance of rebel forces recruiting primarily in Darfur and Kordofan whose objective is topple the Sudanese regime “by all means”.
File photo: Hundreds of people attended the public rally, El Fasher, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
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Students at the University of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, have handed a memorandum of demands to the director, following a shooting incident on the campus Monday.
As Radio Dabanga reported, four students were injured when a group affiliated to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), opened fire on them.
According to witnesses the “NCP students” were armed and dressed in military uniforms as part of an “awareness campaign”. The shooting was prompted when the victims chanted anti-NCP slogans: “The University is free, military out!”
Immediately following the shooting, students staged a sit-in protest at the university. They demanded that the administration hold the university guards as well as the Dean of Student Affairs accountable for allowing the NCP students to enter the campus carrying firearms and dressed in military uniforms.
The students also demanded the NCP students who fired at their peers should be held accountable and banned from the university grounds.
As the director has agreed to all of the students’ demands, classes have resumed at the university. He assured the students that he “will solve all the problems including the activity of NCP students on the campus”.
He would also ensure that the wounded were treated, and that a committee would be formed to investigate the incident.
Photo: El Fasher University logo
Related: Four students injured in shooting at El Fasher University, North Darfur (21 May 2013)
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/49609
Security authorities in North Darfur have prohibited the movement of consumer goods and fuel – even matches – from El Fasher to Zamzam camp. The decision was announced on Saturday without any clear explanation given.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that security authorities started implementing the decision on Saturday around 12.00pm. “Security officials stopped anyone who was carrying goods or fuel and ordered them to return to El Fasher. We have no idea of the motivation behind this move,” the witness said.
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/49413